President Theodore Roosevelt in Africa, 19 Color Post Cards of the Smithsonian–Roosevelt African Expedition
President Theodore Roosevelt in Africa, 19 Color Post Cards of the Smithsonian–Roosevelt African Expedition

President Theodore Roosevelt in Africa, 19 Color Post Cards of the Smithsonian–Roosevelt African Expedition

n.p, The Illustration Bureau; Underwood & Underwood; Phelps Publishing Co., 1909-1910.

Cards. This set of nineteen post cards features images from the Smithsonian–Roosevelt African Expedition. Beginning shortly after the end of his presidency in March of 1909, the expedition was led by Theodore Roosevelt and outfitted by the Smithsonian Insitution for the purpose of collecting specimens for the Smithsonian's new Natural History museum, today known as the National Museum of Natural History. Roosevelt and his companions reportedly killed or trapped approximately 11,397 animals. These post cards are numbered at top left of verso with full caption and show the former President travelling by railway, posing for pictures taken by his son Kermit, the official photographer of the expedition, and beside slain big game animals such as lions, zebras, and hippopotami, along with more candid images of African village life. Each post card features a number, title, and brief description at verso. This set includes numbers 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, and 30. Each post card measures 3 3/8" X 5 1/2", is blank and individually sleeved, and shows only mild edgewear, toning, and dust soiling. Very good. Item #5973

Price: $80.00

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