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[British Colonialists in Southern Rhodesia, 1954]

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[British Colonialists in Southern Rhodesia, 1954]

400.00

The uncommonly well dated and notated photograph album of unnamed British colonists living in Southern Rhodesia in 1954. Images dated from February through June (with most from April-June) and locations include the couple's apparent home in Glenara Estates, a colonial plantation located about 12 miles north of central Harare (then Salisbury) on Old Mazoe Rd., as well as travel through the country (Sinoia, Salisbury, Que Que, Inyanga) to Victoria Falls, into Zambia and the island of Kandahar. 

The photographs are clear and well executed throughout, with its compilers appearing to be traveling and living in relative luxury in comparison to the native peoples pictured (a "house-boy" dubbed "Ninepence" ; a young boy who guided the group to the "slave pits" of Inyanga ; a "native woman," topless and shoeless, carrying a child and with a massive vessel balanced atop her head ; etc...). 

A socially oblivious, though rich photographic record of present-day Zimbabwe under British rule, captured during a specific period in 1954. Link to page scans here.  

[Photo Albums] : [Africana]. [Photograph Album of British Colonists in Southern Rhodesia]. Southern Rhodesia : [Zimbabwe]: 1954. Oblong 4to. Commercial album. Dark blue, pebble-grained cloth over boards. "Photographs" in gold ink in cursive to lower right, front. Stab-bound via a decorative tasseled string through two posts at left margin. 19 thick black paper leaves with 195 silver print black and white photographs adhesive mounted to rectos and versos. Prints captioned and pages titled throughout in white album pen. Photographs range in size from approximately 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" to approximately 5" x 3 1/2." 2 prints appear perished. Otherwise about near fine overall.

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The uncommonly well dated and notated photograph album of unnamed British colonists living in Southern Rhodesia in 1954. Images dated from February through June (with most from April-June) and locations include the couple's apparent home in Glenara Estates, a colonial plantation located about 12 miles north of central Harare (then Salisbury) on Old Mazoe Rd., as well as travel through the country (Sinoia, Salisbury, Que Que, Inyanga) to Victoria Falls, into Zambia and the island of Kandahar. 

The photographs are clear and well executed throughout, with its compilers appearing to be traveling and living in relative luxury in comparison to the native peoples pictured (a "house-boy" dubbed "Ninepence" ; a young boy who guided the group to the "slave pits" of Inyanga ; a "native woman," topless and shoeless, carrying a child and with a massive vessel balanced atop her head ; etc...). 

A socially oblivious, though rich photographic record of present-day Zimbabwe under British rule, captured during a specific period in 1954. Link to page scans here.  

[Photo Albums] : [Africana]. [Photograph Album of British Colonists in Southern Rhodesia]. Southern Rhodesia : [Zimbabwe]: 1954. Oblong 4to. Commercial album. Dark blue, pebble-grained cloth over boards. "Photographs" in gold ink in cursive to lower right, front. Stab-bound via a decorative tasseled string through two posts at left margin. 19 thick black paper leaves with 195 silver print black and white photographs adhesive mounted to rectos and versos. Prints captioned and pages titled throughout in white album pen. Photographs range in size from approximately 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" to approximately 5" x 3 1/2." 2 prints appear perished. Otherwise about near fine overall.