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Africa in 1970 Through the Lens of Allan Hailstone

Traveler and photographer Allan Hailstone visited six cities and four countries on a 1970 trip from London to Africa. He traveled back to Cape Town via Cairo, Nairobi, Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Salisbury in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

South Africa existed under apartheid. I found the people intelligent and cultured. I remember that it was commonplace in Cape Town to see men playing chess in the street. The hotel where I stayed gives an example of the very cheap pricing. It was a luxury hotel, and I had a suite of rooms at £5 per night, which even then was ridiculously cheap. It had a closed-circuit TV in the lobby, which attracted much interest as ordinary TV did not exist.

Here are some fascinating images of Africa from 1970 by Allan Hailstone.

#1 Midan Tahrir (Liberation Square), Cairo

Midan Tahrir (Liberation Square), Cairo

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#2 Cairo

Cairo

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#3 Nile Hilton Hotel, Cairo

Nile Hilton Hotel, Cairo

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#4 Cairo

Cairo

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#5 Sunset over the Nile, Cairo

Sunset over the Nile, Cairo

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#6 Near Nairobi, Kenya

Near Nairobi, Kenya

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#7 Leyland bus, Nairobi, Kenya

Leyland bus, Nairobi, Kenya

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#8 Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya

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#9 Probably near Nairobi, Kenya or Johannesburg, South Africa

Probably near Nairobi, Kenya or Johannesburg, South Africa

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#10 Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa

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#11 Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa

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#12 Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa

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#13 Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

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#14 Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

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#15 Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

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#16 Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

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#17 Smuts statue, Cape Town, South Africa

Smuts statue, Cape Town, South Africa

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#18 Cape Town and Table Mountain, South Africa

Cape Town and Table Mountain, South Africa

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#19 Apartheid on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Apartheid on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

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#20 Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

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#21 Jameson Avenue, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

Jameson Avenue, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

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#22 Cecil Square from Meikles Hotel, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

Cecil Square from Meikles Hotel, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

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#23 Cecil Square, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

Cecil Square, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

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#24 Cecil Square, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

Cecil Square, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

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#25 First Street, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

First Street, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

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Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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