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[Glass Stereoviews of Rural Angola, ca. 1908-1909]

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[Glass Stereoviews of Rural Angola, ca. 1908-1909]

600.00

A small archive of scarce, early 20th Century glass stereoview images of Western Africa, most centered around the rural, inland community of Cuanhama, in Cuene Province, Angola, and with 4 excellent views of coastal Cote d'Ivoire. 

The source of these images and any potential photographer has eluded us, though the slides are housed in Lumiere Co. boxes, suggesting French origin, and the captions are most definitely in Portuguese. Images frequently show, rural Catholic churches, raising the possibility of a mission trip. Photographs capture tribal populations in traditional dress and are highligted by many, clear portraits as well as the gruesome image of a woman lying prone on arid ground captioned with "[Mulher fuzilada por feiticaria, cuanhama!]" ; loosely translated from the Portuguese meaning: Woman shot for witchcraft, Cuanhama!

A fragile and uncommon surviving photographic format composing an evocative visual record of Africana, focused firmly on a singular, rural area during the first decade of the 20th Century. A link to complete scans of contents here. 

[Photography] : [Africana]. [Glass Stereoviews of Rural Angola]. [Various, including Cuanhama, Angola]: [ca. 1908-1909]. 42 glass positive stereoviews. Each approximately 4 1/2" x 1 3/4." Negative space between images with manuscript notations in Portuguese. Most with at least some degree of mild to moderate wear presumably from handling and/or storage. Several with small chips from corners. Overall slides about good overall.

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A small archive of scarce, early 20th Century glass stereoview images of Western Africa, most centered around the rural, inland community of Cuanhama, in Cuene Province, Angola, and with 4 excellent views of coastal Cote d'Ivoire. 

The source of these images and any potential photographer has eluded us, though the slides are housed in Lumiere Co. boxes, suggesting French origin, and the captions are most definitely in Portuguese. Images frequently show, rural Catholic churches, raising the possibility of a mission trip. Photographs capture tribal populations in traditional dress and are highligted by many, clear portraits as well as the gruesome image of a woman lying prone on arid ground captioned with "[Mulher fuzilada por feiticaria, cuanhama!]" ; loosely translated from the Portuguese meaning: Woman shot for witchcraft, Cuanhama!

A fragile and uncommon surviving photographic format composing an evocative visual record of Africana, focused firmly on a singular, rural area during the first decade of the 20th Century. A link to complete scans of contents here. 

[Photography] : [Africana]. [Glass Stereoviews of Rural Angola]. [Various, including Cuanhama, Angola]: [ca. 1908-1909]. 42 glass positive stereoviews. Each approximately 4 1/2" x 1 3/4." Negative space between images with manuscript notations in Portuguese. Most with at least some degree of mild to moderate wear presumably from handling and/or storage. Several with small chips from corners. Overall slides about good overall.