Friday, 24 August 2012

Colonialism and the African diaspora on postcards

Recently pointed out to us is a newish German picture database called "Colonialism and the African diaspora on postcards" (Kolonialismus und afrikanische Diaspora auf Bildpostkarten).

The database was created between 2009 and 2010, at the University of Colonge by PD Dr. J.  Jaeger, Prof. N. Finzsch and Prof. M. Szöllösi-Janze in collaboration with Cologne University Library.

It currently has 3027 digital objects, including many individual and group portraits. Some pictures reflect cultural ideas of the time, that may be seen more critically today, including pictures of minstrels and of erotic poses.

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