This postcard of a veiled Algerian woman is a memento of a brief visit my husband's father made to Algiers. He was serving in the Royal Navy during the Second World War on board HMS Rodney.
HMS Rodney docked at Algiers in January 1943, then sailed back to Gibraltar and redeployed a few days later to Mers el Kebir to support military operations in North Africa.
The woman's forehead looks as if it is decorated with henna. The picture of her is a small glimpse into the way of life of the women of Algeria, their styles of dress and their religion, and an enchanting record of a time and place in the history of clothing.