more cotton for the english manufacturers.
NEW KASSALA RAILWAY. Over 500 Original Photographs in 6 cloth-bound 8vo albums. Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, c. 1922.
Plain brown and grey military-style cloth covered albums (cloth-backed boards), photos slotted into card mounts; a little wear to bindings, numerous mounting cards loosened; photos (several repeats, most measuring 54 x 78 mm), very sharp and generally in good condition.
In 1922 the the Colonial rulers of Sudan, previously Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, had decided that a new railway from Kassala to Thamian on the Port Sudan railway was necessary for the export of Sudanese high-quality cotton to Britain, especially from the valuable rain lands of the Baraka valley. The Kassala Railway Company Ltd. was incorporated in 1922 and in this large collection of photos the newly-built railway station of Thamian is depicted several times, as well as military units, camel and horse carts, only one automobile, views of Port Sudan, Nile steamers, railway carriages, the Gordon of Khartoum statue in its original locations, street scenes, etc. - A good photographic collection of a sparsely documented region.