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The Resource South African souvenir, J.E. Middlebrook, Photo[grapher], (graphic)

South African souvenir, J.E. Middlebrook, Photo[grapher], (graphic)

Label
South African souvenir
Title
South African souvenir
Statement of responsibility
J.E. Middlebrook, Photo[grapher]
Title variation
J.E. Middlebrook South African souvenir
Creator
Contributor
Photographer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Souvenir album from 1898 of platinum photoprints, or platinotypes, by J.E. Middlebrook, documenting South African cities and towns at the turn-of-the-century.
Biographical or historical data
Late 19th-century South African photographer.
Cataloging source
HIN
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Summary expansion
The fifty-two platinotypes--prints made from a photographic process using ferric oxalate in combination with platinum salts deposited directly on the paper (rather than in an emulsion like the silver print process)--are arranged by the photographer following the itinerary of a route proceeding clockwise from Capetown up the eastern coast of South Africa, through Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, and East London, to Durban, and Pietermaritzburg, and provide views of the churches, parks, harbors, and main streets of these cities. Also included is a portrait of a local "cabby," a Zulu boy, wearing animal horns on his head, with his rickshaw. Continuing up the coast into what is now Mozambique, Middlebrook photographs Delagoa Bay, and the towns of Inhambane, Beira, Chinde, at the mouth of the Zambezi River, and Quelimane. As he crosses west into the Matoppo Hills towards Bulawayo, he records "Mr. Rhodes' Farm Buildings," with a photo of "C.J.R."--Cecil Rhodes--in the entrance of one of his conical "huts". Shots of Kimberley include a bird's eye view of the city from the De Beers Floors, and the Kimberley Sanitorium built by Rhodes. In Johannesburg, Middlebrook records a bird's eye view of the city, the imposing new post office, Commissioner and Pritchard Streets, Joubert Park, the vast produce market, and processing buildings of the Randt Gold Mining Companies. There are also views of Pretoria--including a scene of "Naachtmaal," when Boer farmers and families come to town for church services, and camp out in the town square--and the hills near Barberton, where Sheba G.M. Company mines quartz. Seven of the photographs portray native people, such as Chief Khama of the Batlapins, well-known for his friendship with Livingstone; Zulu men wearing head gear of rickshaw pullers in Durban; Zulu families in front of their homes in Natal, Zululand; an Amaxosa family in Cape Colony (Cape of Good Hope); a Matabele cane seller; a woman from Swaziland in native garb; and an east coast man, known as a Zanzibaree. The final two photographs are steamships: U[nion] S[steam] S[hip] Company's "Briton"; and C[astle] M[ail] P[ackets] Company's "Carisbrook Castle."
Label
South African souvenir, J.E. Middlebrook, Photo[grapher], (graphic)
Link
http://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8kp83cw/
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title, photographer, and place of publication from upper cover
  • Edition statement from Middlebrook's introduction preceding photographs
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of leaves of stiff white card stock, with some foxing on most leaves; interleaved with leaves of glassine; printed caption below each photo
  • Bound in remnants of original grained roan morocco padded leather covers, with gold-stamped title "South African Souvenir" on upper cover; inner gilt dentelles; all edges gilt; blue, gold, and brown marbled endpapers
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles
  • For historical background on the development of photography in Africa, and a brief mention of J.E. Middlebrook, cf. Silver images: history of photography in Africa / A.D. Bensusan. Capetown: H. Timmins, 1966. For information on Middlebrook's Zulu photography, cf. Virginia-Lee Webb, "Fact and fiction: nineteenth-century photographs of the Zulu," African Arts 25, no. 1 (Jan. 1992), p. 50-59, 98-99, available online through JStor
Color
black and white
Dimensions
20 x 26 cm (album)
Edition
2d ed.
Extent
1 album ([52] photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: date, Dec. 23, 1898, added in pencil in upper margin of Middlebrook's introduction to the second ed. Last two photographs dated in pencil Jan. 28, 1899 and June 11, 1898 respectively. In modern beige cloth clamshell box.
Other physical details
platinum
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)38806498
  • ucoclc38806498
Label
South African souvenir, J.E. Middlebrook, Photo[grapher], (graphic)
Link
http://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8kp83cw/
Publication
Note
  • Title, photographer, and place of publication from upper cover
  • Edition statement from Middlebrook's introduction preceding photographs
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of leaves of stiff white card stock, with some foxing on most leaves; interleaved with leaves of glassine; printed caption below each photo
  • Bound in remnants of original grained roan morocco padded leather covers, with gold-stamped title "South African Souvenir" on upper cover; inner gilt dentelles; all edges gilt; blue, gold, and brown marbled endpapers
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles
  • For historical background on the development of photography in Africa, and a brief mention of J.E. Middlebrook, cf. Silver images: history of photography in Africa / A.D. Bensusan. Capetown: H. Timmins, 1966. For information on Middlebrook's Zulu photography, cf. Virginia-Lee Webb, "Fact and fiction: nineteenth-century photographs of the Zulu," African Arts 25, no. 1 (Jan. 1992), p. 50-59, 98-99, available online through JStor
Color
black and white
Dimensions
20 x 26 cm (album)
Edition
2d ed.
Extent
1 album ([52] photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: date, Dec. 23, 1898, added in pencil in upper margin of Middlebrook's introduction to the second ed. Last two photographs dated in pencil Jan. 28, 1899 and June 11, 1898 respectively. In modern beige cloth clamshell box.
Other physical details
platinum
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)38806498
  • ucoclc38806498

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