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British East Africa & Kenya, Circa 1890s-1930s

 Record Group — Group: 43, Album: 2
Identifier: 43-2

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Housed in two modern postcard albums, this collection covers Zanzibar, Uganda, Kenya and British East Africa. Includes images of the Sultan of Zanzibar, as well as some unusual folding panoramas of Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and Mombasa.
Scope and Contents Most of the images of Zanzibar are by identified local photographers. A large number are by A.R.P. de Lord (also Pereira de Lord Brothers), J.B. Coutinho and A.C. Gomes & Son. Also represented are Ali Pira Harji and Moloo Brothers & Co. Two foreign photographers are represented: C.A.W. GrĂ¼n of Hamburg and F. Pagenalli of Genoa. A number of the Uganda images are by unknown photographers but strongly represented are D.V. Figueira of Mombasa, Alfred Lobo of Uganda and Felix Coutinho of Mombasa. Others are by Baron Lambert, S. Sukina of Nairobi, Mombassa Venieris of Khartoum, C.D. Patel & Sons of Mombasa, K. Ledermann of Vienna and P. Hoefler. For British East Africa and Kenya, W.D. Young is well represented as are D.V Figueira, Coutinho & Sons, Felix Coutinho, D. Patel and C.D. Patel & Sons, all of Mombasa. A number of the images of Nairobi are the work of H.K. "Pop" Binks, a noted character resident there.

Some of the postcards have handwritten notes on the front, which has been transcribed if legible. Many more postcards have verso text, some including addresses, which has been noted where present but not transcribed except for dates. Presence of stamps and postmarks has been noted as well. Country of issuance has been noted where it is printed on the stamps and as much of the postmark information as is legible has been transcribed.


  • Circa 1890s-1930s


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1 album (1 album, 91 p., 32 x 29 cm.)


An album of postcards, mostly of Mombasa and Nairobi, taken during the early 1900s through 1930s. Some postcards depict major Nairobi streets such as Sixth Avenue, renamed Delamere Avenue (now Kenyatta Avenue), and Government Road (now Moi Road) over the years. Other postcards include photographs of Kikuyu and Kavirondo people dressed in ceremonial garb, and various agricultural concerns, including the growing and processing of coffee and sisal.

Repository Details

Part of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies Repository

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