Photographs I've gleaned from flea markets, junk shops and sometimes ebay. The cheaper the better. Anything with a story that can be extracted from hand written notes, location research, local histories, census records......anything. A small band of fellow enthusiasts worldwide have helped me with many of these. Of course there are always mysteries that defy research, but there's even a story inside these. All images can be viewed at super-size on Flickr.

Thursday, 4 August 2011


Man in a sedan chair borne on the heads of four African boys.
A slightly disturbing picture of colonial servitude in the form of this head-borne sedan chair. Possibly a planter on his estate. Unidentified location but looks like West Africa.

Lagos, Nigeria. 1920s or 30s?
After much puzzling I'm 99% certain this is Lagos, Nigeria, in the 1920s or 30s. Possibly an aerial photograph. Looking south from over or around the Catholic mission.


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