Africans

Zulu Shampoo and Bug Removal in 1903

Zulu Shampoo and Bug Removal in 1903\

Africa is such a diverse continent.  There are so many different types of tribes, peoples, landscapes and animals.  I am sure I could easily create a whole blog for each category and never come close to exposing the richness of the dark continent!  I have included photos from various times depicting various scenes.  With Africa being a central part of WWII, the continent was deeply embroiled and forever changed by the conflict.  Be sure to let me know your favorite or most moving photo, I always appreciate the feedback.  My favorite is the 1903 Zulu Motor Cab, but I am most intrigued by the little boy standing inside the elephant leg, what an odd thing!

Zulu Land - Old Africa in 1903

Zulu Land – Old Africa in 1903

This man, Renty, was an African-born slave owned by B.F. Taylor from Columbia, South Carolina when this portrait was taken in 1850.

This man, Renty, was an African-born slave owned by B.F. Taylor from Columbia, South Carolina when this portrait was taken in 1850.

The Zulu Motor Cab in 1903 (1)

The Zulu Motor Cab in 1903 (1)

Teddy Roosevelt station subsequent to a passed elephant on his African Expedition, 1909-1910

Teddy Roosevelt station subsequent to a passed elephant on his African Expedition, 1909-1910

Explorers Martin and Osa Johnson with their craft “The Spirit of Africa and Borneo” confront Marut tribesmen while on Safari, circa 1935.

Explorers Martin and Osa Johnson with their craft “The Spirit of Africa and Borneo” confront Marut tribesmen while on Safari, circa 1935.

Kaffir Kraal  Zulu Land 1903 (7)

Kaffir Kraal Zulu Land 1903 (7)

Kraal in 1903 (8)

Kraal in 1903 (8)

Rickshaw runner 1903 (5)

Rickshaw runner 1903 (5)

Siera Leone

Siera Leone

British soldiers teach African natives how to operate a 3.7cm anti-aircraft gun

British soldiers teach African natives how to operate a 3.7cm anti-aircraft gun

Autochrome of an armed Swazi warrior, Cape Town, South Africa, 1930.

Autochrome of an armed Swazi warrior, Cape Town, South Africa, 1930.

Deutsch-Ostafrika, Askariboy im Elefantenfuss

Deutsch-Ostafrika, Askariboy im Elefantenfuss

A group of South West African Herero people, starving after fleeing from their German rulers, 1907.

A group of South West African Herero people, starving after fleeing from their German rulers, 1907.

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12 thoughts on “Africans

    • Lotenna,

      I wanted to write and assure you that in no way was I trying to be disparaging to Africa or it’s beautiful people. The term Dark Continent comes from an 18th century book and the term was made popular due to the fact that Africa was unexplored for so long. Charles Darwin, John Leighton in 1856 and Henry M. Stanley was probably the first to use the term in his 1878 account Through the Dark Continent. I see how out of the proper context the term is quite unwelcome, I would agree! I just wanted to let you know where I was coming from 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

      Shaun

  1. Fascinating pictures, peeks at the hardships of life in the past century. The extreme skinniness says a lot about privation and abuse of one race on another. The image of the boy and the elephant leg will stay with me a long time.

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