Rhodesia: 1911 - 1912. Real picture post cards mailed from Southern Rhodesia, during the period in which it was a British protectorate administered by Cecil Rhodes' company, the British South Africa Company, to a Mrs. J. C. Clarke of 17 Bellevue Crescent, Edinburgh, Scotland, posted from Rhodesia by her brother Will.
Real vernacular photographs, many captioned by the author, including: Zimbabwe Ruins ("between the river & second wall of the temple"); inside the temple; "another view inside the famous temple"; "Alan Wilson's first grave; after the last stand at Shangani"; the temple, outer doorway on the west side; the outer wall of the Temple Zimbabwe; Summer time on the banks of the Sanyati River near Salisbury, S. Rhodesia; First Gaol Gatooma, a giant ant heap; workers transporting mercury to a mine; a truly rural hut occupied by the Infant School mistress; a road side shop in Gatooma; Native War Dance; block of offices in Gatooma built by Mssrs. Ewins & Fitt; In the midst of the Sanyati River near Salisbury (showing a British family with small children standing on rocky outcropping); and the Great Zimbabwe Ancient Ruins (Smart & Copley, Bulawayo copyright).
The Great Zimbabwe ruins, which still exist today, are a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest ancient structure south of the Sahara, second only to the Pyramids of Egypt in size. According to legend they were the capital city of the Queen of Sheba, founded between 1100 ad 1450 AD. Gatooma (now called Kadoma), was an important mining town founded in the 1890s.
13 postcards are postally used, split backs, with franked 1D stamps of the British South Africa Company, Rhodesia. 5 1/4 x 3 1/4". A few corners rubbed, few images somewhat sunned. Good + overall. Item #25944