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Samoan Old Photos

My grandmother had many photos albums. She would tell me, "Sau, come sit on the mat." I'd sit beside her on the floor and she would tell me about each photo she took.

Portrait of two men wearing traditional Samoan clothing and ornaments. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Group portrait in front of building. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date: between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Group portrait in front of building.

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Group of women, the two in front wearing traditional Samoan clothing and headdress. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Group portrait with Sylvester Lambert. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date: between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Group portrait with Sylvester Lambert.

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Group of men lined up in ritual activity. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Group of men lined up in ritual activity.

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Portrait of nurse in front of building. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Portrait of nurse in front of building.

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Group of men wearing traditional samoan skirt. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Group of men wearing traditional samoan skirt.

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Portrait of man with infant. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Portrait of man with infant.

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Three individuals with traditional Samoan clothing. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Three individuals with traditional Samoan clothing.

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Portrait of woman wearing traditional Samoan dress and headdress. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Portrait of woman wearing traditional Samoan dress and headdress.

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Portrait of girl. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Portrait of girl.

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Women and men dressed in white sitting on grass, two government officials stand in the back. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Group of women dressed alike sitting on grass, and man in white skirt standing. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Group of people, two men in front wearing traditional samoan clothing. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Portrait of woman. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Portrait of woman.

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Portrait of two men wearing traditional Samoan skirts. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Portrait of two men wearing traditional Samoan skirts.

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People gathered around cooking area. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

People gathered around cooking area.

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Portrait of two women. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Portrait of two women.

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Portrait of woman in Samoan dress holding rod. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Portrait of woman in Samoan dress holding rod.

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Two men on the beach. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date: between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Two men on the beach.

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Title:Portrait of young man with traditional Samoan clothing and headdress. Creator/Contributor: Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution: UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Portrait of woman with Samoan headdress. Creator/Contributor:Lambert, Sylvester Maxwell, 1882-1947, Photographer Date:between 1919 and 1939 Contributing Institution:UC San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library

Portrait of woman with Samoan headdress.

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An informal portrait of three Samoans. 1920's Photographer: J. P. THOMSON

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circa 1955: The princess of Salelega village on Savai'i Island, Western Samoa, performing a traditional dance. (Photo by John Titchen/Three Lions/Getty Images)