Photo taken in:IstanbulCountry name at time of photo:TurkeyCountry name today:Turkey
This is a photo that is nearly 100 years old. It’s a photo of Albert Ravuna and his wife Matild Ravuna . Albert Ravuna was my father’s cousin and they were very close to each other.
Albert and Matild Ravuna had 3 daughters. One of them lives in Israel and her name is Lucia Katan. The second one died but the third is a very dear friend of mine, Tika Penso.
My father's side of the family was from Istanbul. My father's father, Salamon Baruh, used to work at a glassware shop in Beyoglu [a fashionable district in Istanbul with the street named Pera running in the middle of it] named "Karako". "Istiklal Caddesi" [this very fashionable street that ran from Taksim Square till Tunel was then called "Pera"], the trade center of Istanbul, where foreign firms and shops selling foreign goods were located, was the busiest street of the city. During those days, working at a big shop brought with it an organized life. Being in charge of a warehouse or working as a cashier at a big shop was regarded as a respected career, and was enough to support the family. Not everyone needed to become a merchant. Salamon Baruh, by taking advantage of the privilege granted to non-muslims had not performed his military service.  Salamon Baruh, had two more sisters, named Rebeka and Lea. Rebeka married Hayim Musabak, and they never had any children. On the other hand, Lea married the son of a very wealthy family, named Bohoraci Ravuna. The Albert Ravuna in this photo is the son of Bohoraci and Lea Ravuna.