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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An Old time Christmas

We decided to go cut a tree this year.  We live a lot of our life in old movies, books and really love the past.  Short of getting out the draft horses and hiking into the wilderness, the next best thing is the Christmas tree farm.  We made a day of it and had a lot of fun!  By the end of the day, even the dog snuggled up on the couch 🙂

tree farm

So many trees to choose from!  Thought we better play in the snow before making such an important decision!

in the snow

Charlie had as much fun as anyone else!  We played in the snow until our fingers and toes were numb.  Finally time though to get serious and I think we found our tree.

pre cut

After some work we were able to get it somewhat dusted off and loaded up on the car.  It does not look real big standing next to that huge tree.  We were in for a big surprise!

loading

This is one large tree, I think it grew on it’s way to the car 🙂

After I wrestled it into the house and defrosted it, we got our little helpers busy with lights and ornaments.

done

By this time, Charlie was done for!\

charlie

 

Inspired by the past, unfortunately we cannot go back in time, but this was the next best thing for us.  Thanks for stopping by, please check out the old time Christmas photos I found below 🙂

Wright Brothers home, 7 Hawthorn Street, Dayton, Ohio. It was taken in 1900.

Wright Brothers home, 7 Hawthorn Street, Dayton, Ohio. It was taken in 1900.

Santa Claus and Children on the streets of New York City circa 1900.

Santa Claus and Children on the streets of New York City circa 1900.

Santa - Loading a railway car

Santa – Loading a railway car

Harris, Martha. Christmas Tree. It was created between 1905 and 1945

Harris, Martha. Christmas Tree. It was created between 1905 and 1945

Old Time Christmas. It was created between 1905 and 1945

Old Time Christmas. It was created between 1905 and 1945

Christmas-Horses-Tree-For Christmas Tree For Horses. It was taken in 1918

Christmas-Horses-Tree-For Christmas Tree For Horses. It was taken in 1918

Christmas Tree at Capitol. It was created in 1913

Christmas Tree at Capitol. It was created in 1913

 

ah chee lo a young indian child it was taken in 1905

Ah Chee Lo, a young indian child – 1905

This is a fascinating collection of Native American Indian photographs from the turn  of the last century!  Several tribes are represented in this collection: Sioux, Walapai, Brule, Arikara and Tluwulahu.  Such a stoic people, I believe that there is a lot to be learned from lives that were led so simply.  While I look to god for my spiritual and worldly guidance, I do believe there is a lot to glean from these “simple” people.  There lives were anything but simple, the thought of living from the land, every minute of every day, really gives me pause.  I want to give credit for these spectacular photos, the clarity of old film just cannot be duplicated by a digital memory!  All of these photos were originally shot by Edward S. Curtis and can be found on this website: http://www.old-picture.com/

Little Hawk, a Brule Warrior. It was taken in 1907

Little Hawk, a Brule Warrior. It was taken in 1907

Sioux Chiefs. It was made in 1905

Sioux Chiefs. It was made in 1905

Snake Indian Priest. It was taken in 1900

Snake Indian Priest. It was taken in 1900

Tluwulahu Mask. It was created in 1914

Tluwulahu Mask. It was created in 1914

Walapai-IndianNova, a Walapai Man. It was taken in 1906

Walapai-IndianNova, a Walapai Man. It was taken in 1906

Hupa Mother and Baby in a Three-quarter Length Portrait. It was created in 1923

Hupa Mother and Baby in a Three-quarter Length Portrait. It was created in 1923

Bears Belly, an Arikara indian man in a Half-length Portrait. It was taken in 1908

Bears Belly, an Arikara indian man in a Half-length Portrait. It was taken in 1908

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What would you do with these?

What would you do with these?

Scrap yard? shelf? use them? hang them on a wall?