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[Collection of Seventeen Original Unmounted Architectural Photographs of Mainly Leopoldville (15), Belgian Congo].
Ca. 1934. Seventeen unmounted gelatin silver prints (two identical), all but one ca. 20,5x25,5 cm (ca. 8x10 in), the smaller one ca. 20,5x23 cm (8x9 in). All but one image with period ink captions in English and ink stamps of "Editor. "Nigeria" Magazine" on verso. A couple of very minor crease marks at corners, otherwise a near fine collection of photographs. Unusual collection of architectural photographs of Leopoldville (15), Brazzaville (1) and Kisantu taken for the "Nigeria Magazine" (Lagos, 1934-...). The views show a strong constructivist influence in Leopoldville's architecture of the time, including interesting examples of a railway signal cabin, a "BELGOPATES" shop, or the dining room of the main building of Sabena Airways, the national airline of Belgium (1923 to 2001) which pioneered flights to Leopoldville in 1925. Other images showcase the architecture of Leopoldville's private houses, including general views as well as images of the entrances, balconies, windows, and brick work. Two photographs show the Catholic cathedral in Kisantu and a "new African market" in Brazzaville (French Congo). Overall a nice collection of architectural views.