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    [Photography]. Br[uder] Damasus. Grüsse aus Lome. Aufnahmen nach der Natur ausgeführt von Br. Damasus. Lome: [circa 1905]. Souvenir photo album of Lome, the colonial capital of German Togoland.
    [Photography]. Br[uder] Damasus. Grüsse aus Lome. Aufnahmen nach der Natur ausgeführt von Br. Damasus. Lome: Verlag Katholische Mission, [circa 1905]. Souvenir photo album of Lome, the colonial capital of German Togoland. There are twelve mounted silver prints, bound accordion style, each measuring 4.75 x 6.75 (121 x 171 mm.) on printed mounts measuring 6.25 x 8.25 inches (159 x 210 mm.). Each print within a decorative frame printed in blue. The photographer is identified as Brother Damasus. Oblong octavo (6.5 x 8.5 inches; 165 x 216 mm.). Original dark blue cloth decoratively panelled in blind. Front cover decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. The binding is rubbed, with boards exposed at extremities. Some light foxing. Very good. The unusual nine-part panorama of this prosperous colonial town and harbor shows the long Lome wharf, boats in the harbor, overviews of wide streets in a city of palms, and native huts alongside dazzling white European style buildings. Other photographs show the Catholic church, the governor's palace, and the construction of railroad station.

    Lome, situated on the Atlantic coast of central Africa was selected as the colonial capital of German Togoland in 1897. In 1914, it was invaded by French and British forces and after two weeks of resistance, the German colonization came to an end. In 1916, the country was partitioned between the French and British. The prints are captioned: "Die kath. Kirche in Lome;" "Lome, (1. Stadtteil.);" "Lome, (2. Stadtteil.);" "Lome, (3. Stadtteil.);" "Lome, (4. Stadtteil.);" "Lome, (5. Stadtteil.);" "Lome, (6. Stadtteil.);" "Lome, (7. Stadtteil.);" "Lome, (8, Stadtteil.);" "Lome, (9. Stadtteil.);" "K. Gouverneur-Gebäude;" and "Bahnhof & Maschinenhalle."


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