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    The shoemaker (late 19th century). Jan Matzeliger, born in 1852, immigrated to the US "at age 18 and went to work in a shoe factory in Philadelphia. Shoes then were hand made, a slow tedious process. Jan Matzeliger helped revolutionize the shoe industry by developing a shoe lasting machine that would attach the sole to the shoe in one minute."

    Noble Mancu woman in long qipao Transformation of the Qipao at Hong Kong Museum of History.

    Helmet [Turkish] (04.3.456a) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Ahmed Tevfik Pasha (1845-1936), Ottoman Grand Vizier

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    Abdulhamid II (Ottoman Turkish: عبد الحميد ثانی `Abdü’l-Ḥamīd-i sânî, Turkish: İkinci Abdülhamit) (22 September 1842 – 10 February 1918) was was the 99th caliph of Islam and the 34th sultan of the Ottoman Empire. He was the last Sultan to exert effective control over the Ottoman Empire.

    WARRIORS: Armenian women, 1895. (To the right, Eghisapet Sultanian, great grandmother of musician Derek Sherinian during the 1895 Hamidian massacres, when the Armenians of Zeitun (modern Süleymanlı), fearing the prospect of massacre, took up arms to defend themselves from Ottoman troops.)

    The rulers made a profit off the faction rivalries. The scholars were happy with the sultans, they were stable. Once the empire expanded, the sultans lost their local connections. Viziers, like the one shown above, held powerful positions. The rulers would involve their sons in their careers. Imperial succession ultimately weakened the empire.

    Necla sultan (Princess Nejla, granddaughter of the last ottoman sultan)