Bedouin

Number 6 in a set of 25 cigarette cards entitled 'Picturesque People of the Empire' issued by Ogden's branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. Ltd. There is a picture on one side with an inscription reading 'Bedouin', and a description on the other side. The text on the reverse reads: 'The Bedouins, or “people of the tent,” as they call themselves, are the most important and best known members of the Arab race. From the N. Arabian deserts, their earliest home, they have migrated to Egypt and North Africa generally, Palestine, Syria and Iraq. The typical Bedouins are shepherds and herdsmen, compelled by the prolonged summer droughts to migrate from one spot to another in search of pasture and water, and occasionally raiding neighbouring tribes and passing caravans. Their tent-coverings are woven from coarse goat-hair, dyed black, and spread gipsy-fashion over several small poles.'

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