Ca. 1900s. Sixty-eight pairs of albumen stereoview photographs, each pair ca. 7,5x15 cm (2 ¾ x 6 in) mounted on original grey cards. All but three photos captioned in negative; thirty-two cards with ink stamps of “Durban Stereoscopic Photo Club, 126 West Street” on verso. A few card mounts with very mild foxing, otherwise a very good collection of strong stereoviews.
Historically important extensive collection of 68 early stereoview photos of the Natal Colony, taken by a member or associate of the lesser-known “Durban Stereoscopic Photo Club.” These photos are from the early 1900s and coincide with the Second Boer or South African War (1899-1902). The collection includes over twenty views of the colony’s capital Pietermaritzburg and over twenty views of Durban; the other photos show the environs of Pinetown and Inchanga, Howick Falls, Castle Hotel in Howick, scenes with native oxen cart drivers, policemen, railway workers, a “coolie procession,” etc. Three rare photos show British concentration camps for Boer women and children, which operated in several South African colonies, including Natal, in late 1900-1902 (see more: https://www2.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/). One photo portrays British officers posing in front of “waterworks for Boer concentration camp” – possibly, the one in Pinetown, which had a dam specially constructed to supply the camp with water; several of the camp’s tents can be seen in the far left. Two other photos taken from the distance show native women from a “Boer refugee camp” washing clothes in a river and drying them on a slope of a nearby hill. Overall a rare interesting collection of early Natal stereoviews.
List of captions: Natal Parliament buildings; Parliament buildings, Natal; Town Hall, P.M.Burg; Porch, Town Hall, Maritzburg; Police station and Town Hall, P.M.B.; Zulu War monument; Colonial buildings, Maritzburg; Jubilee pavilion, Maritzburg (two different views); Botanical gardens, Maritzburg; Parkview Maritzburg (four different views); Church St. Maritzburg (two different views); Standard Bank, Church St., P.M.B.; Post Office, Maritzburg; [Pietermaritzburg Town Hall and the monument to Theophilus Shepstone]; Natal Government Asylum; Pavilion – Asylum grounds, built by an inmate; Maritzburg environs (two different views); Harbor view Durban (three different views); Pier, Durban; Point view, Durban (two different views); Bot. Gardens, Durban (five different views); Gardens, Durban (three different views); West Street, Durban (two different views); Esplanade, Durban; Coast view, Durban; Cave rock, Durban; Near the Durban waterworks; Waterworks for Boer concentration camp; Boer refugee camp, washing day (two different views); Environs, Pinetown, Natal (two different views); Castle Hotel, Howick; Howick Falls (two different views); Howick Falls Hotel; Near Inchanga; Stone quarry; Natal Road; Mules for the market; Native driving ox wagon; Native girl carrying firewood; Natives carting sand; Repairing the Railway; Police; A beast of burden; Coolie procession; Building sandcastles; Outspanned; Madagascar Oxen.
Price: $2,250.00 USD