Postcards: Robert MacLehose & Co. – Rhodes-Livingstone Museum

Robert MacLehose & Co.

Rhodes-Livingstone Museum

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AThe Victoria Falls from the air.
N/AVictoria Falls from Livingstone Island.

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Postcards: B D & P – Type IA

B D & P

Type IA

This type has the photographer’s name on right of divider. No DBN next to printer name.

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AAerial View, Victoria Falls.08/05/1962

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Postcards: SAPRA Studios – RM Series

SAPRA Studios

RM Series

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
RM/2Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi.
RM/12View from Zomba Plateau.

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Postcards: John Walter Soper – Type V

John Walter Soper

Type V

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AUnique Photo of Main Fall Taken Hanging from Rope 150 feet down.27/12/1968

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Postcards: John Walter Soper – Type IVA

John Walter Soper

Type IVA

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/ADining Room, Victoria Falls Hotel...
N/ALaunch on Zambesi River, Victoria Falls...
N/AWaterbuck Ram, Wankie Game Reserve...

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Postcards: John Walter Soper – Type IV

John Walter Soper

Type IV

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AEastern End, Victoria Falls. (Soper).

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Postcards: John Walter Soper – Type IIIA

John Walter Soper

Type IIIA

The inscription on the front of this type includes J. W. Soper.

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AUnique Photo of Main Fall Taken Hanging from Rope 150 feet Down.
N/AVegetable Ivory Palm, Victoria Falls.
N/AVictoria Falls Showing Part of Rain Forest.

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Postcards: John Walter Soper – Type III

John Walter Soper

Type III

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/AStill Waters, the Haunt of the Hippos...
N/ATwo Young Monkeys, Victoria Falls...
N/AVictoria Falls & Bridge, Rhodesia...
N/AVictoria Falls Bridge, Victoria Falls, Rhodesia...

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Postcards: John Walter Soper – Type II

John Walter Soper

Type II

No.sDescriptionEarliest PMK Date
N/A"Victoria Falls" - Southern Rhodesia.07/03/1951

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John Walter Soper

John Walter Soper

1876-1953

 

John Walter-Soper (popularly known as Jack Soper) was a Londoner born in October 1876, came to Southern Rhodesia via South Africa and settled in Victoria Falls in 1905 where he got his first job as a toll collector at the Victoria Falls Bridge.

In 1906, the toll on the bridge was abolished and he resorted to being the guard at the scenic bridge. In 1908, his friend, Mr Watson took him to Australia considering that he would brighten his life prospects.

Alas, in 1909 he was back in Victoria Falls and started developing interest in trapping wild animals and domesticating them; baboons, leopards and crocodiles mainly. He was an expert in crocodile habits which saw him dubbed the ‘Crocodile King’. In 1910, he opened a curio shop within the Railway Reserve next to Clark’s Curios.

Soper, together with another resident, is recorded as among the first to descend into the bottom of the Falls chasm down the front face of the Falls, at Livingstone Island. He was a close friend of Ted Spencer. He died in 1953.

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