1950-1960 Group of Catalogues, Photographs and Postcards Illustrating & Promoting the African Carving, Sculptures Curios & Novelties Business of Edward Konigsberger of Kisumu-Kenya-East Africa
(Edward Konigsberger)

Kisumu Kenya East Africa: Edward Konigsberger, 1950. F Group of material which describes the African artifact and souvenir business of this company, based in Kenya; including: June, 1956 "Konigs" catalog, 12 pages, black and white illustrated throughout, heads & plaques in ebony, masks, drummers, women, busts, head carvings, nudes, old men, standing & kneeling women, Kikuyu woman, lion, warthog, impala, crocodile carvings, giraffes, miniatures, book-ends, birds & bird plaques, Masai warriors, beaded stools, drums & spears, sculpted stones of Kilimanjaro, flower stoneware, fetishes and more, giving sizes of the articles and materials used to make them, illustrated stapled paper wrap covers, oblong format 8 1/2" x 11", covers with some wear, soiling, in good condition; (with) a 1960 catalog, also black & white illustrated and more detailed at (26) pages and expanded, carrying a larger variety of similar articles plus - African shields & spears, drums & Nubian trays, zebra leather articles & pipes, Congolese gouache hand paintings, tropical shell lamps (and "Television Lamps"), "Mau Mau" simi, African terracotta figures and more quantity & variety as compared to the previous catalog's offerings, (with) laid-in "Notes About the Akambas" single-sheet of information on the habits, culture, clothing of this tribe and a revised price list for the articles found in the catalog - also 8 1/2" x 11" size and vertical format, closed tear to cover, edgewear, good condition; (with) a spiral-bound custom-made 'book' of (40) pages containing over 80 images of African artifacts, people, towns (Johannesburg, Natal, Cape Town), animal life and more with an emphasis on ethnicity and culture; most of these are identified and explained beneath each, as in "Bantu Life 'Ndebele Maidens Bedecked for Special Occasion"; the company used many formats to display and promote this material - in the book are color magazine pieces, greeting cards, postcards (including real-photo black and white as well as color examples), photographic snapshots - the items are individually mounted on the pages with corner-mounts and are easily detachable, each page with a covering clear sleeve; (with) 35 postcards, including a particularly sharp group of 5 black and white real-photo cards by Artco, the rest color cards by Lynn Acutt's Africana Series, Colorchrome (Frameworthy Pub.), Beaujoie Productions, all produced in Africa and emphasizing the dress and ornamental aspects of native costume and culture and a few with additional hand-written comments and explanations on back; an interesting glimpse of the old colonial tourist trade, along with 'native' crafts employed to raise ready cash; a reference to some of the articles to be found now in African art collections which were formed at the time, in addition to a visual record with descriptions of now-vanished tribal and community groups. Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 21141)


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