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Untitled Albumen print Circa late 1880s Photograph by W F H Pocock Group portrait of Kimberly diamond workers accused of stealing diamonds, likely by secreting them somewhere about their bodies. In some cases the stones were swallowed. The accused were stripped naked and their hands secured by chains in leather mittens to prevent retrieval of the stones before a full body search, including the orifices. If the suspect was thought to have swallowed stones then imprisonment awaited until the prisoner had defecated, and any stones were retrieved. The introduction of closed compounds where workers were interned for the duration of their contract, greatly reduced theft. See more here: http://www.britishempire.co.uk/maproom/southafrica/southafricamigrantlabour.htm This photograph was purchased in Cape Town in 1991 as part of a series of photographs by Cape Town pharmacist William Frederick Henry Pocock (1857-1922), an avid photographer from 1886 until his departure for England in 1898. The negatives, prints and diaries of the Pocock Collection were donated to the South African Library. It is assumed this image is part of that collection. Garth Walker See more here: http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/21259607/william-frederick-henry-pocock-1857-1922-pioneer-pharmacist-civicleader-photographer

iJusi #32 - Found Photos  

The 32nd issue of iJusi magazine focuses on vernacular photography, hand-picked from the archives of Garth Walker's personal collection.

iJusi #32 - Found Photos  

The 32nd issue of iJusi magazine focuses on vernacular photography, hand-picked from the archives of Garth Walker's personal collection.

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