Songhay people along the Niger river, Niger, 1940s.

A Songhay boy following circumcision, 1949.

Ghana, 1967.

Bringing the dead to life.

The Haukas, a crazed cult.

Children in Monrovia in 1926.

Mercenaries in the Congo, 1966.

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“…on the banks of the Kwoni river, 54 amputated hands were found…” (1966)

Trance dancing in Niger, 1940s.

A vintage photo from Ghana, 1950s.

A photo from French Equatorial Africa by André Gide, 1926.

This scene from the 1960s is likely from South Africa — but I don’t know!

Above: a Pygmy vine-bridge.

Women of the Luo tribe.

Women of the Luo tribe.

Above: a person of the Wolof tribe of Senegal.

Above: the Prince of Wales visits Kano in northern Nigeria in 1925.

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Above: a hermaphrodite.

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Above: a West African hermaphrodite.

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Tuareg nomad women in West Africa, 1948.

Tuareg nomad women in West Africa, 1948.

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Above: a West African lemon.

Above: Ghana's first automobile, driven by the British governor (1895).


A caravan loaded with 65-pound blocks of salt in the Western Sahara.


A Bari musician.

A Kotobo (wood yoked slave) in Chad, 1930.

A Dinka youth.

Above: this photo of a Mandari girl in remote South Sudan has an almost dreamlike quality.

A Dinka man.

Fishermen's huts on the Nun river in Cameroon, 1930.

Above: not Ethiopia! This is Ubangi river region.

A Belgian trading steamer on the upper Congo River in 1890.

A Guerret girl of Ivory Coast.

A woman with elongated head, a former practice of the Mangbetu tribe of Congo.

Photo by Bruno Barbey.

Above: Delia Akely, an American sent to Africa to hunt elephants in 1905.

Travel by hammock in French Congo.

Above: hammock travel in Angola, ca. 1900.

A Mboandem woman in Rembong, Cameroon. This photo was taken in 1895.

Theodore Roosevelt in Africa in 1909 collecting specimens for the Smithsonian Institution.

A European doctor administering vaccines.

A French colonial photograph, ca. 1900.

A Ga girl in Adda, Ghana, ca. 1883-88.

Schoolchildren and candidates for baptism in Ekom, Cameroon, 1930s.

A street in Ghana ca. 1890.

Colonial troops in Togo, 1880s.

A rare photo of Lagos, Nigeria in the 1880s.

Landing boards for a Christian mission's carpentry shop in Bonaku, Douala, Cameroon, 1900. In the background, a steamer and a launch.

A woman drawing water in the Grassfields of Cameroon near Bagam, 1911.

Igbo "maiden spirit" masks (Agbogho Mmuo) in Cameroon or Nigeria.

A lion killed in Bamum, Cameroon, 1907.

A church in Bamedig, Cameroon, 1928.

A photo from Ghana circa 1890.

A four-breasted woman, Sierra Leone, 1909.

A photo from 1889: a Cameroonese dwarf.

Photo from Cameroon from the Mecklenburg-Schwerin expedition of 1907/08.

Another photo from Ghana.

Ghana, 1911.

Interior of house at Musgum in Cameroon, 1911.

Queen Elizabeth meeting the oba of Benin in 1956.

The Queen Mother of Bamum, Cameroon, 1906.

A mother taking her child to bathe. Cameroon, early 1930s.

Pombure, daughter of the King's son-in-law. Bamum, Cameroon, 1913.

Africa cabinet card, early 1890s. [Published in U.S.A.]

Mendi girls in Sierra Leone.

A doctor sucks blood from a sick woman. Cameroon, early 1930s.

A missionary outstation at Ndogomakumak. Cameroon, 1906.

A journey to Fumban in Cameroon, 1908.

Marching through elephant grass, 1901.

"That way." Central Africa, Unknown Photographer, 1928

Cameroon or Ghana, ca. 1911.

In the mangroves in Cameroon, 1900.

Amadi woman, Okongo's village, Belgian Congo, c. 1915.

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SS Oregon steamship in Belgian Congo, 1928.

A river boat near Bumba, Belgian Congo, July 29, 1909.

Overland travel in west central Africa, 1950s.

A Congo village in the 1950s.

Photo of a family taken by missionaries of Saint-Coeur at the Coquilhatville mission, Belgian Congo.

The style of loincloth worn by the Babundas of Congo in the 1920s.

Mwanbutsa, king of the Urundi. Belgian Congo.

Boma man and his front door, among the Legbaru, Belgian Congo, 1930.

Babira women in the village of Malabo, 1930.

From the French review "Sabena", 1950.

Congolese soldiers during the Katanga Revolt (1960). (Press photo)

Preaching Christianity in a Cameroon village,1910.

Fruits and root-vegetables in Cameroon, late 1890s.

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Igbo woman of Nigeria.

A village in Cameroon, 1895.

Maroua, Cameroon.

Village in the area of the Bakossi tribe, near Nyasoso in Cameroon, 1900. This village is likely a man with three wives.

A village of the Barue tribe in Cameroon, 1896.


Nyasoso region of Cameroon in 1895.

A trek across Cameroon in 1904.

A fetish for protection (a mud statue) at the entrance to a village in Togo, circa 1900.

A village in the West African interior, 1888.

A beautiful find -- a moment captured from a faraway time and place: a village somewhere in southwest Cameroon, with the Rumpi highlands behind. (1913)