Bazaar at Massawa 1935

The port of Massawa has been important to Eritrea since Ottoman rule. Massawa was the capital of the Italian Colony of Eritrea until this was moved to Asmara in 1897.

I have just bought this photograph of the Bazaar, which comes with this caption:

Italian Colony may be war zone.

The new Bazaar at Massawa in Eritrea. The Italian colony in Africa which may be the scene of fighting if friction increases between Italy and Abyssinia. Italy alleges that Abyssinians have attacked the frontiers of Eritrea and has demanded satisfaction.

Dated: 31/1/35