Overview: Africa 1937

- Angola and Namibia
- South Africa
- Mozambique/Tanzania
- Zanzibar/Kenya
- Somalia/Sudan
- Egypt




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Photos from Africa 1937

All photos on this page by Aa. V. Andersen 1937
Copyright © Jacob Crawfurd - crawfurd.dk 1996-2017. All Rights Reserved.

The photos on these pages are from a journey around colonial Africa in 1937. My grandfather, who took the photographs, wrote articles in Danish magazines about what he saw on 'the dark continent', which was indeed very far away. Thank God, much has changed since the old days of black and white.

On this page: Angola, Namibia and South Africa

Leopard skins in Lobito
Eco-tourism in October 1937: English women buying leopard skins in Lobito, Portuguese Angola. The price of a skin was 5 or 6 shillings.


Railway, Namibia
In the late 19th century a railway was constructed in German West Africa (Namibia). In 1902 the first train arrived in Windhoek from Swakopmund. This train was photographed outside Swakopmund on October 7, 1937.

Woman in Swakopmund carrying her iron-box on the head.


Lüderitz Bay
Lüderitz Bay, a fishing town in Namibia. The town was first discovered in 1487 by the Portuguese explorer Bartolomé Diaz. In 1883 it became the first territory in South-West Africa to be colonised by Germany. It was then named after the merchant Adolf Lüderitz.

Lüderitz Bay in Namibia
"View from the diamond-mountain of Lüderitz Bay". October 8, 1937. The houses in Lüderitz Bay is also today in german style architecture.


Diamond fields in Namibia
"Diamond-fields" near Lüderitz Bay: "Warning. Penalty £500 or one years imprisonment. Prohibited diamond area. Keep to the road." This was the first diamond area in South-West Africa.

Cape of good Hope, SA
"Cape of Good hope" rises 249m above the sea. Cape point is situated near Cape Town, South Africa. Monuments at the site marks the crossing of navigators Bartholomew Diaz and Vasco Da Gama, but Cape of Good Hope is not the southernmost tip of Africa, as many people believe. The Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet at Cape Agulha.


Port Elizabeth street
Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The colonial town was build between 1858 and 1862. In 1937 PE had approximately 100,000 citizens - today it is the fifth largest city in South Africa with a population of over 1,2 million.


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