I discovered a small bunch of negatives I never thought I had in my possession. I had seen tiny, faded contact prints but was able to scan and restore the images in high resolution. The negatives had been stored without protective sleeves in non-archival conditions for around 80 years and were in remarkable conditions considering. They come alive now that one can study the details. Some of the negatives were a strange size 4.25″x 3.25″ roll film. Film of this size was unknown through my entire career. In the days before Leica and 35mm this offered plate camera performance without the inconvenience of carrying plates around and as can be seen – it was good for a deal of action and spontaneity.
Only 4 images contain family members of the family and the others in the images are unknown. There is no one alive to ask who was in the images, but I can guess at a few things and a bit of detective work narrowed down the time/location of others.
The river shots are likely to be the Kafue River in Zambia. The shot of my father was dated a placed in London in May 1935 by a colleague who deduced that the stands, which are plain in the shot but are not ordinarily present, were for George V’s Silver Jubilee in May of that year, at which his father was also present. The shot of the Anson was apparently made in Southern Rhodesia on a visit. The steps contain the letters S and R which would have been ‘Southern Rhodesia’.
My sister collated a document written by my mother which documents her flight to Africa from Germany. It should be edited, but is probably suitable for publication. It could be made available for anyone who is keen to read it.