Above: a daguerreotype from March 1850. Woman of Congolese parents.

 Photo taken in 1888 near Cross River, Nigeria by Scottish missionary Mary Slessor.

  A woman having her eyebrows and lashes plucked out.

A woman having her eyebrows and lashes plucked out.

Native huts in Cameroon ca. 1860.

Voodoo trance in Benin. Photo by Pierre Fátúmbí Verger (1950s).

Children with inherited syphilis scars. 

Girl from Aburi.

A tumor of the eye.

This swollen leg is probably elephantiasis.

A person with leprosy.

A photo from East Africa: Oedipus and Antigone. 

Man wearing a Dewar's White Label Whisky bottle through his pierced and elongated earlobe. 

A street in Nyasoso, Cameroon. 

The governor's residence in Buea, Cameroon, in the 1880s.

Limbé, Cameroon, formerly known as Victoria, in the late 1800s.

Woman with hernia.

Miners being strip searched.

Machete scar from an affair of honor.

A ceremonial place in a Cameroon village, 1922. 

Bantu and Pygmy: two tribes  often found together.

Steps up to a suspension bridge in Loffa, Liberia, 1929. 

A bird spider hole used as an oracle, 1920.

Ruins of the mausoleum where the bones of kings of Kumase, Ghana were kept in individual cells. Destroyed by British troops in 1896.

Ekibondo village of the Mangbetu tribe - a people known for their beauty, spirit and practice of elongating their heads. Did this place exist or did someone dream it up? (1927-28)

Two women given in pawn on their husband's debt. Cameroon, 1929.

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A Mandingo woman in 1879.

An Ashante doctor in 1874.

Boy dressed for a circumcision ritual. Cameroon, 1921.

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Above: a Pygmy vine bridge.

Above: elephantiasis of the testicles.

  Above: an enslaved man. Photo by Joseph Burtt, sent to West Africa in 1905 by the Cadbury Company of England to investigate rumors that slaves were used to harvest cacao in the Portuguese colonies. 

Above: an enslaved man. Photo by Joseph Burtt, sent to West Africa in 1905 by the Cadbury Company of England to investigate rumors that slaves were used to harvest cacao in the Portuguese colonies. 

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Above: a photo taken by explorer Henry Morton Stanley. 

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Above: a scene from South Africa.

People on a road: a timeless image. 

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Above: ruins of buildings in Ghana looted by British troops following a rebellion.

Above: from a German expedition to Africa 1906/07.

Above: a German photo taken in Abyssinia.


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