According to Wikipedia, the Turban first appeared in the history of clothing early on, highlighting turbans called phakeolis worn by the Byzantine army.
My question is where was my grandfather, Howard W. West Sr., that he captured this picture of men and a boy wearing turbans.
I know he traveled through Asia, sticking to the Pacific coastal lands as he was in the US Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard. I know he traveled in the Orient, and possibly through the Panama Canal. Where would he have encountered turbans?
Encyclopaedia Iranica goes in depth on the history of the turban in relationship to religion, claiming Adam wore the first turban as a substitute “for the crown he had worn in paradise.”
History and information on turbans from Millinery Techniques identifies the name “turban” coming from variations of the tulip flower in English.
Is it possible he reached India? Or found a Muslim quarter in China, or maybe he reached Taiwan, Philippines, or other part of Indonesia or elsewhere where turbans were typically worn in 1925.
It’s another one on my mystery list, and another puzzle piece that makes up the life of my grandfather West.
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