On the left, a 1927 issue, on the right the same stamp in 1942. But the Republique returned at the end of the war and remained until driven out in 1962. The Republique stamp is franked 1935 at a time when the colons imagined they would be there forever. What a difference thirty years and a long dirty war make. Learyworks.com collection.
A Tlingit chief. The Tlingit are Northwest Pacific Coast people who live primarily from the sea, hunting seals, whales, porpoises and otters. Note the ingenious protection worn against snow-glare blindness. From Indians of America, USA, 1935. This little picture book describes 74 Indian tribes from Apaches to Zuni. The tone is sympathetic and respectful - the indigenes have been conquered, now they can be admired. Learyworks.com collection.
Detail from a map of East Asia published by the Institut Géographique National, Paris, 1942. Here we see French Indochine except that in 1942 this colony was under the control of the Japanese, who turned out to be no better than the French, all their fine words about liberating Asia from the European yoke not withstanding. Dien Bien Phu is not marked. Learyworks.com collection.
Detail from a wall map by the Compagnie Maritime des Chargeurs Réunis showing the world's resources, 1958. All drawn by hand. Congo Belge has gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron, tin, platinum, tungsten, manganese, tantalum, diamonds, oil, coal, rubber, timber, palm-oil, coffee and cocoa. One might imagine that the people of this resource-rich country would be wealthy today. Somehow it has not turned out that way. Learyworks.com collection.
From Nigeria quarterly magazine, No 23, 1946. A rather disturbing advertisement for books. "Books can help you to escape." I suppose the enslaved person depicted could always bash the overseer over the head with a hardback edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Learyworks.com collection.
This quarterly was published by the colonial government of Nigeria "for everyone interested in the progress of the country". Learyworks.com collection.
Syncretism was the result when African and European religions met. Thus the Yoruba god Shango (Chango) is syncretised with St Barbara. Elegua is linked to St Anthony of Padua who, interestingly, is shown as a black man. Olofi is one of the names given to the Yoruba supreme god. Olofi is the conduit between Orún (Heaven) and Ayé (Earth), not unlike Jesus. Learyworks.com collection.
Detail of a map put out by the South African Tourist Corporation (early 1970s?). "Pineapple farmers grow rich in the hinterland." The lady with the basket full of pineapples is probably not as rich as her employer, the farmer, but no doubt she's a lot cuter. To the right, the Red Blanket People whose home is enchanting. East London is a "gem". In the 19C the gem was a supply port to service the British military busy fighting the Xhosa. Today it serves a large Daimler car plant…
1953 issue. Palm-oil was the commodity forced on the slaving states of the Nigerian coast after the British decided to abolish slavery. Palm-oil was very profitable for the British traders who were protected by one-sided trade treaties. Any trouble from outraged natives and the Royal Navy would soon rain shells on the offending Delta town. In time the British traders cut out the coastal middle-men and went upriver to the producers. The Empire's gunboats soon followed. Learyworks.com…
A supplies list for a safari in 1950s Tanganyika. Six sides of foolscap listing the essentials for a hunt. These include caviar, HP Sauce, Mulligatawny, ketchup, corn flakes and marmalade for the white hunters. Under "African Rations" we find sugar, tea, condensed milk, 100 lb of beans and 1,200 Crown Bird cigarettes. The "Linen Box" list includes white table cloths and twelve fezzes for the servants. The title of the man who signs off on this list is "White Hunter In Charge"…