These fantastic photographs were taken by Mr. Sameer Hassan on his visits to Lebanon in the early 1970s with his wife Juliette. Copyright Sameer Hassan. I am very grateful to his niece, Mrs. Sarah Woodhead for kindly sharing these photos with us. Her grandparents, Selman Hassan and Mary Daoud, emigrated from Mlikh in the 1920s. Hopefully these photos would inspire you to send yours to share. They are also posted on Facebook and if you can help identify the people or places in the photos, please email names, descriptions or stories to mlikh@yahoo.com or add comments or tag the photos on Facebook.


From left: Sa3oud, Salimeh, Khaled Abo Milhim, Mounir Abo Milhim, Juliette Hassan, Mohammad Hassan

On the road outside the Hassan el Hajj's house. From left: Khaled Abo Milhim, Sameer Hassan, Mohammad Hassan, Mounir Abo Milhim

On the road outside the Hassan el Hajj's house. From left: Khaled Abo Milhim, Juliette Hassan, Mohammad Hassan, Mounir Abo Milhim

Making Mar2ou2 village bread

Hadla making mar2ou2 village bread. Notice the man with the bunch of "zinzalakht"

Hadla making mar2ou2 village bread. Notice Bou Ne3men with the bunch of "zinzalakht"

 


Juliette Hassan, Mohammad Hassan and wife

Hassan el Hajj, (2nd from left) outside his house. Manehel is the first from right

Bader, third from right and her daughter, Hanieh, first from the right

Abou Salim, most probably Sameer Hassan the photographer's father

Melanie Massoud AbouZeid Shaker riding the donkey with her grand son. From right: Ahlam Daoud, niece of Jamil el Hajj; then Souad Said Naim. The place is the Nahr region and in the background is the road going up to Main Square

Ali Naim making a broom

Mohammad Hassan, carrying freshly made mar2ou2 bread at the Mokaddim house at the lower road around spring time
 

Front row: Sa3oud, Georgette, Saideh, Tony, Elias, Siham. Back row: Farideh, Youssef and his father the Mayor with his wife on right side. Behind them is Ali Naim. Second from right is Abou Salim, most probably Sameer Hassan the photographer's father

Third from left is Manar, fifth is Sameer Hassan; sixth is Jamil el Hajj
 

Outside the village school. Front row: fourth from left: Boutros Maroun. Sixth is Rashid Sleiman Fendi. Second from left is Rita, daughter of Hanna N2oula Matta. Her sister Antoinette with the red cap. Between and behind them is Anis Iskandar AbouZeid

Im Nash2at hanging the washing and Nasab at the "Nahr" area

Said Abou Melhim"s wife (mother of Ghassan the teacher) and her mom and Sameer's wife, Juliette, taken at Said's house

From left: Hassan Mahmoud Deeb, sister of Jamil el Hajj and her daughter (first from right). Second from right is Zeinab, Ali Sh3a3's sister

Jamil el Hajj's sister; her sister in law (from Rihan) and daughter Ahlam

Manehel outside Hassan el Hajj's house

First from left: Sameer Hassan the photographer

Third from left: Mohammad Mustafa (Abou In3am) and his mother to his left

Bou Joudet at the bottom of the quite steep "el Darajeh" road. Notice in the top left of the photo the "3ain" where people filled up with water

 


Milhim Nassif AbouZeid (Abou Deeb)

Second from left: Juliette Hassan, third is Mohammad Hassan, fourth is Bou Ne3men, sixth is Manehel and seventh is Youssef
 

Ibrahim Taleb (Abou Taleb)

Photographer, Sameer Hassan, Jameel el Hajj Daoud, his wife Salha and their house keeper Wardeh in Jameel's old house

Ousama and Dalal

Mariam Habib AbouZeid, Zakiya Semaan, Ibrahim Semaan (Abou Semaan) outside the "2abo" house. "Haleesheh" on the donkey suggests April-May time
 

In the main square outside one of the shops. Notice the bottles of Jalloul drink

Nashaat (bottom), third place Jamal, fourth Khodor Nemer Taleb

Farideh (wife of Diab Boutros), her daughter Siham and Farideh Bshara N2oula Matta

On the right is Juliette Hassan, the photographer's wife

Outside the village school showing the staff and some pupils. From the right: Mhanna Matta, Mahmoud Saadiyeh, Ghassan Said (Teacher), Said Salemeh (Headmaster). The other four teachers are from Jezzine

Some pupils outside the village school

Some pupils outside the village school

Most probably not in Mlikh

Bshara N2oula Matta's sheep and donkey on the "Darajeh" road. The "2abo" house in the background

From the left: Sameer Hassan the photographer, Hassan el Hajj and his wife; in the middle of an apple orchard

Salim Nassif AbouZeid, Salwa AbouZeid, Juliette Hassan

Daughter of Ali el Hajj and Juliette Hassan

From left: Manar, her husband Salim Al Mokaddim and Im Bashir

A view down the "Darajeh" road


The plough (el Sikki)


Salha, wife of Jamil Ahmed. At the end of mar2ou2 bread-making, mna2ish zaatar, as seen, were made

Beast of burden and mode of transport in one

Members of the Hassan el Hajj's family including: Hadia, Hala, Thaer, Daad, Bassel, Bashir, Amal, Hind and husband Raef

Ploughing the land in an apple orchard using traditional methods

Ploughing the land in an apple orchard using traditional methods

Ploughing the land in an apple orchard using traditional methods

Mohammad Mustafa is ploughing the land in an apple orchard using traditional methods and Hani is digging out any weeds

An apple orchard. Jabal Safi mountain appears in the background

Second from right is Juliette Hassan, first from left is Hassan el Hajj and members of his family

Bou Joudet near the bottom of the "el Darajeh" road. It is quite steep and notice in the top left of the photo the "3ain" where people filled up with water

Hassan el Hajj (Abou Bashir) at an apple orchard. Jabal Safi mountain appears in the background

Melanie Massoud AbouZeid Shaker riding the donkey with her grand son. The place is the Nahr region and in the background is the road going up to Main Square

Melanie Massoud AbouZeid Shaker and her husband Costantine Shaker. The place is the Nahr region and in the background is the road going up to Main Square. To the right is a "3ein" where cows and donkeys have stopped to drink and rest

Probably taken from Bou Joudet's roof, the large oak tree above Ghantous's house shows in the background with the "el Kaseyer" in the far distance

Iskandar AbouZeid ploughing the land using traditional methods

Ali Hammoud (Sh3a3) who also was the village's Council policeman. The photo was taken near the "Nahr" area

Maroun Youssef Matta's house with the tiled roof on the left, Salim Mansour AbouZeid's shop and cafe in the middle and the Church on the right (the bell tower getting rebuilt). In the far distance are the Christians' burial places

On the road near the Church. In the far distance are river-side terraces

Ploughing the land in an apple orchard using traditional methods is probably Diab Boutros

The vineyard of "Dibeh" at the beginning of Arid el Shumar from the South side

Woman carrying "haleesheh" and Juliette Hassan. Houses in the background are near the main square
 

Im Taha, her son Taha and Nasab