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29 Aug 2019 16:30 GMT

Post Card Album

GERMAN SOUTH WEST AFRICA

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229 postcards mounted in an album, half red leather titled gilt on the upper cover with matching cloth boards. The exterior of the album is in very bad condition - the spine is missing, the upper cover and front free endpapers are detached - the leather chipped and worn, but the contents are bright.

All the postcards have captions, some are dated - several are in full colour, others sepia-toned and also black and white. Most are not postally used.

The album consists of the following:

German army postcards - 21
Swakopmund postcards - 68
Windhoek postcards - 19
Various towns/rural scenes -38 postcards ( Omaruru – Bethanien - Karibib - Khan - Kubus - Abbabis - Kuinis - Gobabis - Usakos – Otjimbingwe - Okahandja - Luderitzbucht)
Rural Herero’s and Bushmen - 21
South African - 15 (Johannesburg - Potchefstroom - Harrismith - Durban - Pietermaritzburg ) England – 8

On some of the Swakopmund postcards there appears "der Swakopmunder Buchhandlung" This bookshop is still extant in Swakopmund.

Pasted down at the back of the album are 39 colour photographs (150 x160mm) mainly of SWA and several ethnographic ones from Samoa, German New Guinea and other places. They are all numbered and undated with Farbenphotographien den deutschen Kolonien printed below each one. Each has a caption and on the right Verlagsanstalt für Farbenphotographie Carl Weller Berlin. The book from which they have been extracted was published in 1913 and entitled Farbenphotographien aus den Deutschen Kolonien. 48 farbenphotographischen Aufnahmen nach der Natur

There are also 9 loose postcards inserted on the front of the album with messages by his family members posted in 1915, which includes a full colour panorama of Usakos in 3 parts – torn slightly at the top of the of 2 of them.

The German West African postcards were collected by Pte W H Payne (Harry) whilst on active service with the South African Forces in German West Africa in 1915. Pte William Harry Payne was born in South Africa in 1895 and at the age of 20 was conscripted or volunteered to serve in B Section, 2nd MB Field Ambulance, South African Military Corps, Northern Force, German West Africa.

The album was compiled by his parents and presented to him in December 1915 on his return from the GWA campaign.

The presentation inscription on the front paste down end paper reads: To dear Harry, With love from Dad and Mother Xmas 1915 Information supplied by John Grice. Hillcrest, KwaZulu Natal.

Information supplied by John Grice. Hillcrest, KwaZulu Natal.

German South West Africa (German: Deutsch-Südwestafrika) was a colony of the German Empire from 1884 until 1919. With an area of 835,100 km², it was one and a half times the size of the mainland German Empire in Europe at the time. The colony had a population of around 2,600 Germans.

In 1915, during World War I, German South West Africa was invaded by the Western Allies in the form of South African and British forces. After the war its administration was taken over by the Union of South Africa (part of the British Empire) and the territory was administered as South West Africa under a League of Nations mandate. It became independent as Namibia in 1990. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_South_West_Africa

  • Overall Condition: Good copies
  • Size: 4to (260 x 380 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: africana@clarkes.co.za
  • Telephone: 021 794 0600
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Visa & Mastercard and Bank transfers
  • Trade Associations: ABA - ILAB, SABDA


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