Some year's ago R and I had a collection of some 350 postcards and photographs by Lehnert and Landrock. They were an enterprising pair: Rudolf Lehnert was the photographer, Landrock the businessman. We sold that collection some years ago. But as I go about my normal business of attending antiques and collectables fairs, when I have seen a single of couple of L&L cards (not to be confused with LL cards!) I have bought them in a kind of nostalgic way. Some months ago, I realised that this ad hoc purchasing had resulted in some 80 L&L cards being tucked away in my desk drawer and that I had, almost by default, created another collection. So, when I decided to treat myself with a trip to the South of England Postcard Fair, the main purpose was to scan for Lehnert and Landrock images. I found ninety-nine in the end and among the scenes of North Africa (Egypt, Tangier, Algeria), Palestine, and the scantily clad nubile arabs, were this set of b/w photos of the interior of Shepeard's Hotel in Cairo. These are actually by Lehnert and Landrock Succ. - a continuation of the company past it's original owners, probably from the 1920s-30s.
What a place. Shepeard's Hotel was founded in the 1840s as the British Hotel in Cairo. One hundred years later it had a reputation for wealthy clients and secret assignations, this is Indiana Jones and Gregory Sallust territory: heads of state, wealthy businessmen and dodgy diplomats: you only have to look at the photos to be transported into that, now completely alien, world.
There was a fire in the 1950s which means that the current Shepheard's isn't the one in these photos, in fact isn't even on the same site.