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Ad for Grand Opening of
Badia's Club in Giza City
May 8, 1930

 

Translated By Priscilla Adum

 

This is a translation of an advertisement that was used to promote the grand opening of Badia Masabni's third nightclub, this one in Giza City. This advertisement appeared in Al Ahram on Thursday, May 8, 1930.

 

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The Grand Opening

For the Summer Season


Badia's Garden

At the Blind Bridge At Giza

Telephone 260 GIZA

Thursday May 8, 1930

Delighting the Audiences in the Open Air
Madame Fathya Ahmed

Performing a New Satirical Monologue
Madame Badia Masabni

Dancing Raqs Sharqi Miss Beba [Ezz El Din]

Dialogues by Hassan and Fathya El Melegi

Band: Ibrahim el 3aryan, Zaki Ezat, Shahata the Oud Player

Every Sunday a matinee performance for all public

General Entrance Price 10 piasters

Ad

 

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Editor's Note:
About the Blind Bridge

The Al-Galaa Bridge, which was completed in 1914 (five years before Egypt's revolution against British occupation), connected Cairo to Giza. It was originally called Kobri al-Ingleez al-Gadeed, which means "The New English Bridge". It replaced a previous bridge on the same site that had been built in 1872.

This bridge later became known as Kobri Badia (Badia Bridge) because Badia Masabni had owned a nightclub on the west side of it where the Sheraton Cairo Hotel stands today.

The name "Blind Bridge" was also often used to refer to it.

In advertisements promoting the shows at Badia Masabni's summer club at this location, Badia identified it as "The Blind Bridge" in 1930 and 1931. However, Badia's advertisements appearing in 1935, 1937, 1938, and 1940 all identify it as "The English Bridge".

The name "Al-Galaa Bridge" was given to the bridge after the 1952 revolution. It means "The Exit Bridge", in remembrance of the exit of British Troops from Egypt.

El-Galaa Bridge

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About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 

Priscilla

 

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