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From “Boom Time in Kuwait,” National Geographic, December, 1952.

Merchants Walk a New Street Cut Through the Heart of Booming Kuwait

Asphalt, brought in from Iran’s Abadan refinery before its shutdown, paves the surface. The shop, which specializes in rugs and pearls, also offers antique firearms, coats of chain mail, brassbound chests, pottery, and dusty odds and ends. The two traders wear Arabian robes and headdress, protection against both heat and cold, above Western suits. The Sheikdom is spending millions of oil dollars on improved streets, sewers, and water mains. Mud-wall houses, which collapse under heavy rains, are giving way to cement-block structures.