Hardcover. Two string-tied oblong albums measuring 14" x 12" and 14" x 10". A collection of 295 black and white or color photographs affixed to stiff black paper measuring 2.25" x 3.5" to 6.5" x 8.5", with captions. Both albums are fine with fine photographs. Two photo albums from a colonial police officer with squad 39/60 while serving in Northern Rhodesia from 1961, before independence, to 1965 when Zambia was formed. Both albums are extensively captioned with hand drawn maps as well as ephemera tipped-in and kept as documents detailing his time in Africa.
The first album begins, "on the afternoon of 4 February 1961 I flew out over the coast of Sussex in a Vickers Viscount of British United Airways bound for Northern Rhodesia." It shows photos of the barracks and recruitment offices as well as squadrons of officers including some native Africans used as constables who had historically been allowed reluctantly to participate in the police force by the British. The album shows the leisure time at the barracks as well. Here officers are shown playing Karamoja, an African version of Rugby, with native Rhodesians, playing guitars and singing at the mess hall. At the Ndola location police can be seen participating in riot drills and parades. The "main location," as it's captioned, included a mosque, market, and a Catholic church.
The second album starts in 1962 with a trip to "visit friends in Fort Rosebery" which includes a hand drawn map of the territory. The photos show men standing around the officers club before returning to their posts. One page shows a "day of peace" which resulted in a football (soccer) match between the Police Reserve and the Regulars. In February of 1963 the officer took a trip to Mombasa, Kenya, marked here with a small map. He took in some sightseeing, drinking, hiked in the jungle with friends, and visited a Giriama village. The country and natural beauty can be seen here with photos of the jungle, Indian Ocean, and various rivers. Later in the album the officer's "annual pistol shoot" is documented, which included women (as participants, not targets). One photo of an African prisoner is captioned, "Our adulterer. He was beaten up by a crowd after fornicating with somebody's wife." The political unrest of the region is shown through pictures of protests with African's holding signs decrying the British government, stating the terrible unemployment rate, and telling them to "quit Africa." The album ends in 1965 with a final group shot of the company which followed a page captioned, "thank God we're still British."
A large accumulation of photographs and firsthand accounts of the waning days of British involvement in Africa.