Raucher, Joseph. Bremersdorp Two albums with original photographs of Swaziland ( Africa ) made by Joseph Raucher. One made in the 8o's of the 19th century ( 12 x ) and one made album made in the 90's of the 19th century (15 x ). Boer war Both mostly in or near Bremersdorp now Manzini in Swaziland. ( Albumen prints and Silver gelatin prints)
Bremersdorp Swaziland, 1880.-1897. album 1880 with albumen photographs. ca 20,5 x 15 cm. 12 photographs. With a list in Dutch with a description of the photographs acting as a legenda. :" Inhoud Album van Photos uit Swaziland. 1. Bremersdorp in 1891. 2. Umodi rivier in Swaziland. 3. Camp aan de Comati Rivier. 4. Mijnkamp aam de Komati. 5. De heer en Mevrouw Holz omringd door pioniers 6. Darkton Portstation op de Grand naar Transvaal. 7. Townhotel te Durban. 8. Waterval niet ver van Bremersdorp. 9.Het Castle Hotel. 10. Trekpark in Bremersdorp. publieke wandelplaats tennisveld etc... 11. Hotel King's Kraal bij 12. Tuin van het King's kraal Hotel. In very good condition, some sligth loosening. Photographs in good tonal range...The second album made in the 90. Silver gelatin prints mainly with boer war soldiers... An interesting collection.Both albums uniformly with "Photographs "on frontcover.
Joseph Raucher was a superb photographer who worked in Swaziland in the 1880's and 90's. His clear, carefully composed and sometimes witty photos of Swaziland have never been surpassed. Often all we have of a record of this era is a few land records, newspaper cuttings and his photos which convey the feeling of the era far better than any other medium. His photographs are still in good condition - his technique and care with chemicals were as impeccable as his eye. He supported himself in part as a medical man, he never qualified as a doctor or dentist (and never claimed to have either) but was paid to practice as both, both by the state and privately. During the Second Boer War, he managed to serve with first the British and then the Boers. As a result the British sent his family to a concentration camp in Volksrust where his wife died. He returned to Bremersdorp (Manzini) and had to set up his photographic business again. In his absence the Boers had destroyed his studio with the rest of the town in 1901. In 1905 he sold a concession for £3200 and labelled the photo "nest egg". He moved first to Carolina and later to Pretoria where he died in 1932. He had been born in Hungary in 1851. Goldstamp battery, Komati, 1887. One of several photos of a goldmine whose location is not known, but presumed to be within Malolotja Nature Reserve. Note the water canal - water was used to power crushing equipment and to generate electricity. Komati Gold Field, 1888. A gold mine on the Komati River. The location is unknown, but presumed to be within Malolotja Raucher made a dual living - as dentist and as photographer. He had a studio in Bremersdorp - this is taken in it. The backdrop wasn't wide enough for the (presumably Boer) soldiers. Note the furniture. etc.photo 75 Red Cross, 1897. The Red Cross outspanned in Bremersdorp....photo129 ( = the official website of Swaziland. See : sntc.org.sz ).
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