AFRICA - ZANZIBAR MOMBASA ETC. EARLY 1900s PHOTO ALBUM
An incredible collection of twenty-three 9” x 11.5” disbound photo album pages with about seventy-five photos of various sizes, mostly from Africa. They date from about 1895 to 1910 and depict both incredible portraits of people, groups, marketplaces, street scenes, village life, landscapes, buildings, and harbors, as well as the various colonial presences and around the continent. In this collection are some shots of truly amazing and beautiful scenes of traditional life and ceremony, as well as two illustrations, one being a comic of a colonial man trying to outrun a cheetah. Photographic processes include albumen, silver prints and perhaps some other types (carbon prints?). There are pencil notations on the mounts on most of the photos. Some are difficult to make out, but they include:
Dancing girls with chalked faces, Tabora, 1910
Masai Market (Maasai)
SS Queen Victoria
Launch of SS Clement Hill – Victoria Nyanza
Roman Catholic Cathedral Kayamba
English Cathedral Zanzibar
Sultan’s Palace, Zanzibar after 20 minute bombardment
One page has a British South Africa Company Hut Tax form from 1902 from the Administration of North Eastern Rhodesia. It appears that these photos were taken by a British national, and some of the names in the album include Clark, McNeil, Leyer, Marshall, etc.
The content is fantastic, but there are condition issues. The album is disbound, there are damp staining to several of the images, as well as some tears and marks.