Ca. 1910s. Large thick Octavo album (ca. 24,5x15,5 cm). 24 card stock leaves. With 96 mounted original gelatin silver photographs ca. 7x9,5 cm (2 ¾ x 3 ¾ in), all photos with period white ink captions in English on the mounts. Blue full cloth album with a gilt-stamped title “Photographs” on the front board; paper label “The Newlyn album, Johnsons, London” on the rear side of the back cover. Binding slightly rubbed on extremities and loosened on hinges, a few images slightly faded, but overall a very good album of interesting photos.
Interesting photograph album with 96 original photos of the Gold Coast colony (modern-day Ghana) compiled by a British colonial medical officer who served in Sekondi in the 1910s. The album shows Sekondi hospital, the office, bungalow and quarters of the local medical officer of health, bungalows of medical officers in Axim and Anum, “preventive officers’ quarters” in Half Assini, “preventive station, Fasu,” and eight views of the construction of the Sekondi waterworks (swamp draining, clearing the waterworks railway, part of the catchment area, site of the proposed dam, clearing for the reservoir, waterworks camp, a group portrait of “M.O.H., S.E., Waterworks engineer & work foreman,” etc.) There are also three interesting views of the street drains in Chama (head of the main drain, middle of the drain, and outlet of drain onto Main Street).
Other photos of Sekondi include four general views taken from the verandah of the M.O.’s bungalow (looking east, south, south-east and south-west), views of Chama Rd., Poassi Rd. (with the quarters of H.B.W. Russell & Co.), Hospital Rd., Main Street, Maxwell Rd., “New Zongo” (area set aside for stranger residence), Sekondi beach, fort, harbour, lagoon, the mouth of the Ancobra River, a “pile of tins,” “refuse destructor,” “washing place”, a group of people washing clothes, “Hause butchers,” and others. There are also interesting views of Axim (fort shown from east and south, main street, the beach west of Axim), Half Assini (beach, lagoon, “verandah of quarters at Half Assenie”), Tarkwa (1st class railway car at the station, Main Street, European town, native town, Abbontiakoon mine), Dixcove (general view, Dixcove fort), Chama (street views, fort, fish ovens), Dodowa (local fetish, market, Akropong Road), Krobo village at the Pra River (general view, Krobo swamp, “after lunch at Krobo”), Somanya (funeral procession), Kade (Main Street), Anum, Cape Coast Castle, Accra Castle, roads to Dixcove and Chama, mouth of the Pra River, “derelict gold dredge at Kibbi,” a portrait of a mail carrier, and others. Two photos show British colonial officers (possibly the album compiler) “exercising the treebear (Hyrax).” Overall an important collection of unusual early 20th century photos of Ghana with a strong connection to the colonial health services.
Price: $1,500.00 USD