Monday, 5 March 2012

The Fanti People/Culture of Ghana between 1885-1910.………….

Cape Coast fashionista
 Original caption reads "One style of hairdressing."

Cape Coast fashionista1
Original caption reads "Another style."

Cape Coast fashionistas Twin Princesses Prince of Mankessim
Original caption reads "Twin daughters of the Prince of Mankessim"

Cape Coast Fanti Women
Group portrait of three African women. The two seated hold umbrellas.

Cape Coast women first
Original caption reads: "Native girls-Cape Coast-full dress-Civilized."

Cape Coast Women
Original caption reads: "Girls (bread sellers) of C.C."

Cape Coast Elite
Original caption reads "Miss Nancy Skues C.C. daughter of the Auctioneer."

***Location: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives 950 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20560-0708

Cape Coast wedding party
Original caption reads: "A wedding party group. Bride & groom sitting. The man is a 'scholar'(!), but a 'heathen'."

Cape coast The Late Governor Maxwell & Hausa troops
Original caption reads "The late Governor Maxwell, Hausa troops returning from Kumassi down Ashanti after 2nd Ashanti Expedition C.C."

Cape Coast Women1
Original caption reads: "Natives women C.C.- full dress."

Cape Coast Women2
Original caption reads: "A lady in centre, who desires to make known that she is of marriageable age with her friends."

Cape Coast Women3
Original caption reads "Native women & girls in full dress."

Cape Coast Muslims
Original caption reads: "Mohammedan natives C.C."

Cape Coast Children
Original caption reads "brother & sisters C.C.children."

Women street sellers in Cape Coast
Original caption reads "Women street sellers & their wares Cape Coast. soap, looking glasses, towels, homade scent."

Cape Coast girl c. 1910
Original caption reads "Cape Coast native girl, decked with gold ornaments, and desiring marriage."

**Location: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives 950 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20560-0708

Cape Coast chief his wife and followers
Original caption reads: "A Native Chief one wife & his followers."

Cape Coast Africans and colonial officials
Original caption reads: "Superintendent Ellis & Mrs. Ellis & Revs. Glandfield, Morris & others & native pastors Wesleyan Mission Cape Coast-Rev Ellis died."

Kotokraba, Cape Coast
Original caption reads "part of Kotokraba."

Cape Coast part of Kotokraba
Original caption reads "road to Kotokraba (Hausa town) C.C."

Cape Coast -Ashanti Road
Original caption reads "One end of Ashanti Rd C.C. looking up Ashanti rd.

Cape Coast -A Back street
Original caption reads "A back street in C.C. showing surface water drain."

Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: Beautiful......I'm beyond inspired ….and can’t wait to start [fashion] shooting for mag…..

The Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives at the National Museum of African Art is a research and reference center with over 300,000 still photographic images documenting the arts, peoples and history of Africa over the past 120 years. Eliot Elisofon (1911-1973) was an internationally known photographer and filmmaker. He created an enduring visual record of African life from 1947 to 1973. Mr. Elisofon bequeathed to the museum his African materials, which included more than 50,000 black-and-white photographs and 30,000 color transparencies. The Archives has since added to its holdings important and varied collections from widely recognized photographers.



  1. Wow, this is awesome. At least, a filmmaker like me now have a basic knowledge about the setting of colonial era. Kudos to the brains behind this work.

  2. It's amazing to see pictures from a time like this.

  3. Am enlightened by these pictures. Thanks to the photographer. Dressing was kind of strange in the olden days.

  4. Brilliant pictures - I would love to know more about where you found them. Can any of them be dated more specifically than just 1885-1910?

  5. I love this site. Very impressive images. These are real Ghanaians (Ghanese)