Ca. 1910. Quarto (ca. 28x20 cm). 26 card stock leaves. With 95 original gelatin silver photographs mounted in the windows, each ca. 8x11 cm (3 x 4 ¼ in). No captions. Period green cloth hardcover album. One photo has been previously removed, binding rubbed on extremities and soiled, a couple of photos mildly faded or with mild silvering, but overall a very good album of interesting photos.
An interesting album with a well-preserved collection of early images of the Belgian Congo (since 1971 the Democratic Republic of Congo). The photos don’t have captions but were most likely taken during a trip from the Atlantic shore via Leopoldville (Kinshasa) and then up the Congo River to Stanleyville (Kisangani). Interesting images show a train with the sign “Compagnie du Chemin de Fer du Congo» clearly seen (the Railway Co. of Congo, opened in 1898, operated between the Matadi seaport and Leopoldville), a river port (most likely, in Leopoldville), two photos of the “Leverville” steamer (likely, related to the soap-making company of Lever brothers who founded the town of Leverville, modern-day Lusanga), Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Rosaire in Stanleyville (built in 1899, restored several times), a monument to King Leopold in Leopoldville’s Stanley Park (erected before 1908, see: Davies, R.H. The Congo and Coasts of Africa, London, 1908, pp. 82-83). There are also photos of the Congo River, native villages, market scenes, colonial residences, palm alleys, people in native canoes trading with a river steamer, barges, several photos of traditional woven fish traps, laundry drying on the grass, portraits of native families, a warrior with an elaborately woven shield, people displaying ornamental scarring, colonial officers in front of a line of native soldiers, etc. Overall a nice album of lesser-known views of the Belgian Congo and its people.
Price: $1,750.00 USD
Status: On Hold