Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tribesmen by Aeroplane

This is another one of those pictures I love showing the clash of the new and the old. We see traditional African warriors, but in the background a modern (in 1936) British Imperial Aeroplane. What an amazing site the plane must have been to the tribesmen the first time they saw it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Water from the Nile

Today's picture shows the age old tradition of gathering water from the Nile. The picture was takein Sudan in the year 1936, but it could of just as well been 136. Things change slowly in this part of the world, and scenes like this can still be seen today.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Shambat Sudan

Today's picture is from 1936 and it shows a remote area near Shambat, Sudan. I like how we see a time and place where the humble donkey was still the prime mode of transportation. Interestingly there are still part of Africa where the Donkey is still King of the Road.

Below is an amazing picture from a remote region of Kenya known as Pokot. In Pokot the Donkey is still King of the Road. This region is known for milk productions and all the little farmers and families have a milk cow or two. The interesting thing is that they milk their cows, load the milk onto their donkey, and then the donkey walks to milk to the dairy on his own. He goes right to where he is supposed to, and waits in line till he is unloaded and then walks home. We also see that people will take their donkey to a water hole, load him with water, and then the donkey will walk the water home on his own, and just stand by the house waiting for someone to unload him. Really amazing. The picture below shows the donkey's going on their own to deliver the milk to the dairy.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The New and the Old

Today's picture might be my favorite one of our Africa Series. I love pictures like this that show the new and the old in the same picture. We see the man on the donkey doing things the way they have been done for thousands of years, and then we see the fancy car in the background. A striking picture from 1936 Sudan.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Villagers Near Khartoum

Today's picture is from 1936, and it shows villagers near Khartoum, Sudan. I find it interesting that the African Villages appear to be doing at least as well as many families in the US during this time period. Certainly times were hard in the US in the mid-1930's. Perhaps the days will come again when things are not so different.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Refueling in Sudan

Today's picture is from 1936 and show a British Imperial Airways plane being refueled in Khartoum, Sudan. Again, a magnificent aeroplane!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Arriving in Sudan

Ah yes, back in the day when travelling by air was something fine and elegant. The picture above shows the interior of the airplane we pictured yesterday. Look how fine everything looks and what an adventure it must have been back then to travel. I like being somewhere, but the act of travel itself has now become nothing short of a nightmare.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Today we have a picture from Zanzibar. Zanzibar is a small island off the coastline of Tanzania. Interesting that this picture appears much more cosmopolitan than most we have seen in this series. It looks more like North Africa to me than East Africa. In any event, we see a Banana stand with several British people walking around.