I know it's recommended to post regularly and not allow long time gaps between entries, but I've just been so distracted by my research plus all sorts of things going on lately. Did I mention that my friend was here from Japan a week ago? My friend who is a Buddhist nun and blind, that one. It was good to see her, but too brief to do more than just bring each other up to speed on what's going on, and then she was gone again! Also, I've begun taking some classes in classical Indian raga singing. Very nice! I've been singing the ragas for years, but now I'm doing a little formal training. It is magical music!
My research into my ancestry and heritage continues on. I've recently gotten what I believe to be a very important lead, but I'm taking my time about following it up. I'd love to write more, but I want to wait until I have more information. So , please bear with me, as I go through this process.
Pica, I just want to add that I'm assuming the makeup kit held what we would call 'kohl' - I don't really know what it might be called in Morocco. There is a small compartment for the powdered kohl, and a wooden implement for applying it to the eyes. Is that what you mean by a kohl stick? Dick, I don't know how far back they go - I will ask next time I go to the 'Sahara' - but I can tell you they're not making them as much anymore. At least, Mustafa said he was unable to get more on his last trip. They've changed to using glass now. Here is a photo of the compact in the 'open' position.