Five pictures of Qala Bist

June 5th, 2010

The arch at Qala Bist – Qala Bist / Qala Bost, Afghanistan – April 1959.

Clayton Family Photograph by Fred W. Clayton from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

The remains of the city of Qala Bist can be seen above the arch.  The man in white gives a sense of the scale of the Arch at Qala Bist (Afghanistan).

The arch at Qala Bist – Qala Bist / Qala Bost, Afghanistan – April 1959.

Clayton Family Photograph by Fred W. Clayton from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

The arch in detail at Qala Bist – Qala Bist / Qala Bost, Afghanistan – April 1959.

Clayton Family Photograph by Fred W. Clayton from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This photograph shows the partial restoration and repairs to the “right side” of the arch at Qala Bist in Afghanistan.   The geometry of the underlying arch is a ten pointed matrix that yields to a randomly repetitious orbit of ten five pointed stars. The arch is composed of mud brick, fired mud brick, glazed brick, and incredibly beautiful glazed tile.

The Arch at Qala Bist before the restoration – Qaleh Bist / Qala Bost, Afghanistan – April 1959.

Afghanistan – Ancient Land with Modern Ways – page #30 photograph from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This photograph shows the remarkable arch at Qala Bist in Afghanistan.  The caption for this picture says, “Remains of the massive arch of Qaleh Bist near Lashkargah date back over 1000 years”  The date that this photograph was taken is unknown.  But if you read the article linked here carefully you will notice two things.  One, the “fort at Bost” dates to 500 B.C.  Two, there was a Kushan presence here and “the round concrete plug” does not seem to yet exist; or is it the photographs that I am talking about (or both)?

“Under” the Arch at Qala-i-Bist Afghanistan – August 22, 2007.

Photographic image by “Nathan” – taken while stationed with the U.S. military in Afghanistan.  This image is used to safeguard this extremely important world cultural site information.

There are only two official World Cultural Sites in Afghanistan – there probably should be twenty (20).  However, Qala Bist is the one (not on the list) that I am most interested in.  “Nathan” took this picture; he had a blog and posted it (the picture).  There has been no public word from Nathan since February 16, 2009.  I pray that he is OK; that everyone he comes in contact with stays OK – being in the military is usually a hard, hard thing.

What impresses me most about Nathan is his posting of a quote (in his last post) from April 23, 1910, “Man in the Arena”.  These are the words Fred (my father) always said about his  work in Afghanistan – history full circle once again.

The point about the small picture from “Bost” that Nathan brought us is that it seems that the cover (the concrete plug) to underneath the arch has been lifted since the major U.S. military presence there.  This raises many, many questions.

But before I point them (the questions) out it should be noted that this could be another “tunnel down” into the recesses of Qala Bist.  The recess (tunnel) at the arch may still remain (plugged).  I do not know; maybe someone with a camera in Afghanistan (at Bost) could clarify all this for me (and you).  But to continue…

This “shaft” does lead eventually to water, to tunnels and to more tunnels – perhaps to 10,000 miles of tunnels underneath the sands of Qala Bist and halfway north to Bamiyan and way over to near Kandahar, even north toward Ghazni.  I’ve been in these tunnels, “crevasses” (as they are called in Afghanistan) – they’re called “Qanat” in Iran.  In the southern half of Afghanistan they are everywhere – I’ve mentioned this long, long before.

So it would be a “military necessity” to open up these tunnels and send some bodies in.  A thousand military operatives maybe; maybe two thousand or even three.  It is the “underground” war in Afghanistan; win that one or ONE will lose!  But, it’s not so much the “sand-hogs” that I might think about.  It is the “other” tunnels – niches – caves and their contents that interests me more.  You see the “lid” on Afghanistan has been blown open (quite literally) as you can see.

So watch the content of those caves and caverns and cravasses folks.  The contents ARE important.  Their truth could save the world; or kept concealed – destroy it.  Meanwhile; I’ll just carry on with my bit and my pieces because like the tunnels, it all connects you know.

[First posted 2010.06.05 / Saturday  Three pictures of Qala Bist]

[Re-posted 2010.06.07 / Monday  Four pictures of Qala Bist]  7:45 P.M. Mountain War Time

[Add-a-post 2010.06.09 / Wednesday  Five pictures of Qala Bist]  3:10 P.M. Mountain War Time

November 7, 1958

May 26th, 2010

Noon gun (noon Cannon) firing in Kabul – November 7, 1958.

Photograph taken by Fred W. Clayton – This photographic image is copyrighted by Donald Clayton, all rights reserved – first published 2010 on QalaBist.com.

November 7, 1958:

No one is ever ready for the first blast from any cannon going off.  It’s all nice in theory.  Load, aim… fire.  The reality is always quite different, unexpected.  Hence we see the fussiness, the blur, the shock value caused by the shock of the weapon fired (and here only blanks) and not in anger as in a real war.  Hold your ears or hold the camera; maybe Fred’s ears are ringing still.

[First posted:  2010.05.26 / Wednesday  November 7, 1958]

November 25, 1959

November 25th, 1959

Gordon Bartley Strong – Reception Invitation – Kabul, Afghanistan

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bartley Strong invite Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Clayton to a reception to be held in – Kabul, Afghanistan – November 25, 1959.

Gordon Bartley Strong wrote his thesis for his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago on Adam Smith in 1932.

Henry W. Spielman is identified here.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

[First posted:  2011.08.03 – 00:50 / Wednesday]

December 31, 1958

December 31st, 1958

H.A. Swanson memorandum to Fred W. Clayton in – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 31, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This 1 page memorandum clarifies the scope of the Continental-Allied contract, but provides evidence for a “nation-wide” survey of “industrial development” and the related “power grid component”.  The Afghan Industrial Development Bank (proposal) is referenced.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

December 24, 1958

December 24th, 1958

Jack Bennett letter to Fred W. Clayton in – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 24, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This is the cover letter for the two letters from Continental-Allied dated December 23, 1958.  Note that the cable address for this company is “Money”.

For more insight into the history of Continetal-Allied refer to the “Development Banking Bibliography” (a PDF file)” here.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

December 23, 1958

December 23rd, 1958

Jack Bennett letter to Fred W. Clayton in – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 23, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This 2 page letter discusses the Kandahar Electric Company and the Helmand Valley Authority in relation to stock (options) and the Development Loan Fund and other matters.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

December 23, 1958

December 23rd, 1958

Ray Burrus memorandum to Fred W. Clayton in – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 23, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This 2 page letter discusses the Kandahar Electric Company and the Arghandab Dam turbines in addition to references to the Kandahar International Airport (project) and the Tarnak Canal.  All of which are in conjunction with development of the Kandahar Industrial District and the power generation needs of the City of Kandahar.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

December 22, 1958

December 22nd, 1958

Commissary Card – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 22, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This membership card is for the American Embassy Commissary in Kabul, Afghanistan circa 1958 and 1959.  Most food was purchased in the bazaars locally, usually by ones cook or houseboy.  Commissary “privileges” expanded on the local “fare” to include such things as cans of American soda, pre-packaged cake mixes, powdered milk (there was no whole milk available), and cranberry sauce for the holidays.

[First posted  2010.06.16 / Wednesday ]

December 19, 1958

December 19th, 1958

Camels in the Snow – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 19, 1958.

Photograph taken by Fred W. Clayton – This photographic image is copyrighted by Donald Clayton, all rights reserved – first published 2010 on QalaBist.com.

December 19, 1958:

This photograph was taken on the way from the Paghman Mountains on a trip to supervise the construction of the warming lodge for the first ski area in Afghanistan.  The rope tow poles would go up a few days later on a sunnier day.

[First posted:  2010.06.05 / Saturday  December 19, 1958]

December 13, 1958

December 13th, 1958

Mrs. Charles Russell invitation to a tea by Mrs. Charles Mapes – Reno, Nevada – December 13, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This invitation to a tea benefiting the March of Dimes from the wife of Governor Charles H. Russell of Nevada was given to Lloydine Clayton.  Lloydine knew Mrs. Russell well due to various aspects of family employment and political activities in Carson City.  She knew Mrs. Mapes well due to her work with the Bowers Mansion Preservation and Restoration efforts.  Charles W. Mapes owned the Mapes Hotel and Casino and the Mapes Coffee Shop located at the SE corner of First & Virginia Streets in Reno, Nevada.

[First posted  2010.06.16 / Wednesday ]

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