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Colonel Alexis B. McMullen photograph and postcard collection of West Africa, circa 1943-1944

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Collector and photographer:
McMullen, Alexis B
Photographer:
Zagourski, Casimir
Physical description:
86 prints : silver gelatin
70 photographic postcards : silver gelatin
Culture:
Ghanaians
Ngbaka (African people)
Banziri (African people)
Mangbetu (African people)
Tutsi (African people)
Kuba (African people)
Hausa (African people)
Ashanti (African people)
Bangala (African people)
Komo (Congolese (Democratic Republic) people)
Mputu (African people)
West Africans
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Postcards
Place:
Ghana
Africa, West
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Rwanda
Kenya
Date:
circa 1943-1944
Notes:
Colonel Alexis B. McMullen participated in American aviation activities for about 50 years. During World War II, he was the commanding officer of a United States Air Corps Air Transport Command (ATC) base in Accra, Ghana (then the Gold Coast).
Summary:
Photoraphs made and collected by Alexis B. McMullen documenting peoples and culture in West Africa. The images created by McMullen and Captain D. B. McCloskey depict ceremonies at Kibib honoring Ofori Atta, a chief in the Central Province of the Gold Coast; a dance to the god of the sea at Teshi; and fishing boats and equipment. Additionally, the collection contains photographic postcards collected by McMullen and made by Casimir Zagourski, Leopoldville, and Methodist Book Depots, Cape Coast. These show African "types," a Bwake female circumcision ceremony, scarification (cicatrization), African animals (including giraffes, elephants, and a hippopotamus), agriculture, dances, and musical instruments. Depicted West African peoples include the Ashanti, Bangala, Banziri, Hausa, Kuba, Kumu, Mangbetu, Mputu and Tutsi.
Cite as:
Photo Lot 90-14, Colonel Alexis B. McMullen photograph and postcard collection of West Africa, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Musical instruments
Scarification (Body marking)
Dance
Boats and boating
Fishing
Female circumcision
Cacao
Cooking
Local number:
NAA Photo Lot 90-14
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives

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