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Published: 16 October 2021

By Andy Ross

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A fascinating find

Two photograph albums of trips in the 1970s through what was then Rhodesia and Swaziland, South Africa, Uganda and Malawai are proving to be very interesting artefacts. 

These two albums have beautifully composed and printed photos alongside captions and that in itself would be useful to anyone interested in the history of the countries concerned. However they are even more fascinating because they show what people were wearing back in the day. It seems that from the mountain kingdom of Swaziland (now Eswatini) to the bush in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) the miniskirt was making waves!

Even though these pictures are from fifty years ago there are still those who remember the people depicted and so I put some of the images on the mailing list of the Britain-Zimbabwe Society, a membership organisation that promotes the British/ Zimbabwean relationship. The response has been amazing. People have offered information about those in the pictures as well as the places shown in the album. Now it seems that members of the photographer's family are still in Africa and we may even be able to track them down. Isn't it amazing how the simple act of buying two albums can trigger all sorts of memories and responses from across the world.