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Chris

Superb photos! Wish I had a stash hidden away I'd forgotton about like these :cheers:

Mervyn is going to have his hands full and his keyboard buzzing when he see's these!

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Hi,

I have 2 albums with about 80 large photos, about 19 by 15 cm each. I think they were printed from the original negatives and taken back to Canada by a canadian who fought in the Boer war.

Have had some extras that came along over the years... Some of the pics I have never seen, some are pretty famous (like the one of De Wet).

Best

Chris

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Great photos, what's the helmet flash in post no. 1 & the slouch hat insignia in 7?

Hi,

I am not sure about the baddies in 1. but the goodies in 7 have the Orange Free State Artillery badge ;-)

Here is a sensationally rare pic, was not in the original album and set me bach a pile of money.... but worth it....

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And a last one (i am going to be flogging the lot and want to leave it up to a potential buyer what he shows or not...)

First shots of the war (reposed a bay later by the men who fired them as the first shots were actually at night)

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Hi,

I am not sure about the baddies in 1. but the goodies in 7 have the Orange Free State Artillery badge ;-)

Here is a sensationally rare pic, was not in the original album and set me bach a pile of money.... but worth it....

Hi Chris!

Why so rare?? I dont know anything about the conflict, so what makes this one so rare?

How do you store your old photos?? Any problem with fading?

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Hi,

I am not sure about the baddies in 1. but the goodies in 7 have the Orange Free State Artillery badge ;-)

Here is a sensationally rare pic, was not in the original album and set me bach a pile of money.... but worth it....

You always get that one about the goodies and baddies wrong :)

Great photos, especially the baddies with the MG.

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Hi Chris!

Why so rare?? I dont know anything about the conflict, so what makes this one so rare?

How do you store your old photos?? Any problem with fading?

Hi,

it is a home made Machine gun using a Mauser Rifle as a base... a one off things called the "Feksburg Maxim"... the guy who was under me in the bidding was writing a book on Mausers and asked for a copy for the book.

As far as fading goes, so far so good. They are more than 100 years old so they are doing OK.

best

Chris

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.........i am going to be flogging the lot and want to leave it up to a potential buyer what he shows or not...

Aha, setting out your stall....nice photos, whose was the album originally, is he & / or his unit identfiable?

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Hi,

Not sure, I think it was a canadian... I think back at the time you could order copies of the photos as there are some well known ones in there.

best

Chris

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Chris - I think you are wise not to post more of these - the ownership/copyright can quickly be lost with things on the internet.

These are some of the best photos I have seen from the conflict and their condition - in most cases clear and sharp. Several will be more valuable then the others - but - unless from originals already known about , they will seriously be in demand for book illustrations and TV programmes. They will just need to be marketed in the right way. Now that I have seen them, I would recommend that you split into mixed groups of ten or, fifteen.

ChrisLiontas asks a valid question about why the Boer War is important. Quite simply it was not a conflict - but a War that came to involve most of the major countries. For the first time Britain found herself fighting in a style far outside the experience of most of the Generals -we had to learn commando tactics, trench warfare and how to move quickly over , literally thousands of miles. Much of this experience was directly used in the 1st World War. Nearly all of our Dominions and Colonies contributed men and supplies - and again the lessons learned were put to good use in WW1. Eventually, over 750,000 men took part on the British side during the 4 years of the conflict.

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As a collector I think more in terms of keeping these things together rather than splittng to make maximum profit, but there you go.

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