Kodak (Central Africa) Ltd

Kodak (Central Africa) Ltd

Salisbury

Eastman Kodak Company, commonly known as Kodak, is an American technology company that concentrates on imaging products, with its historic basis on photography. The company is headquartered in Rochester, New York, United States and incorporated in New Jersey. It was founded by George Eastman in 1888.

Postcards

Kodak paper was used for postcards during the early 20th Century. Kodak produced cameras that allowed the photographer to print the photo directly to a postcard backing.

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Contributors
  • James Gavin

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A. G. Hay

A. G. Hay

Bulawayo

A G Hay was a leading auctioneer in Bulawayo and was one of the 1893 pioneers. He was also the President of the Bulawayo Landowners and Farmers Association and was involved in the establishment of The Rhodesian Aviation Co., Ltd, forerunner to Rhodesian & Nyasaland Airways Ltd.

References

  • Rhodesian Agricultural Journal, October 1908

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William Bain & Co Ltd

William Bain & Co, Ltd

William Bain & Co. Ltd was a Scottish company and was the principal supplier of haymakers to the Rhodesias.

William Bain & Co., Ltd was incorporated in 1922 and has, over the years, established itself as the leading manufacturer of agricultural implements and distribution of agricultural and industrial equipment.

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A. F. Philip & Co Ltd

A. F. Philip & Co Ltd

Bulawayo/Livingstone/Salisbury

The Philips were descendants of the Scottish missionary and superintendent of the London Missionary Society, Dr John Philip. The business began as timber importers in Port Elizabeth and extended it through Bulawayo to Livingstone where they had a branch by 1914. Their timber manager was W E Tongue, and their manager in Livingstone was C S ‘Charlie’ Knight.

In 1916, a partnership between Messrs Tombous, Salisbury, Jacobs Limited, Messrs A. F. Philips and Co (Bulawayo), and W. E. Tongue (Southern Rhodesia) formed the Zambezi Sawmills  to exploit forests of Rhodesian Teak on the north bank of the Zambezi above Livingstone.

A.F. Philip & Company became United Builders Merchants Ltd. in 1960 and is based in Harare, Zimbabwe. United Builders Merchants Ltd. formerly operated as subsidiary of Radar Holdings Ltd. United Builders Merchants Ltd. distributes building materials and hardware products in Zimbabwe. It offers building, hardware, and plumbing products.

Branches

Reference

  • An African Trading Empire: The Story of Susman Brothers and Wulfson, 1901-2005 – Hugh Macmillian
Contributors
  • James Gavin

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Payne’s Studios Ltd

Payne’s Studios Ltd

Bulawayo

Edwin ‘Ted’ A. Payne was the first regular newsreel cameraman in South Africa. His weekly ‘Payne’s Mirror’ first appeared in 1912, a year before the first ‘African Mirror.’

He originally had a photographic studio in Long St, Cape Town which he later transferred to Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia. Friend Lawrence Green remembered Payne’s box camera and large glass plates and reels of film that were screened at Wolfram’s and other Cape Town bioscopes.

By 1940, the Bulawayo business became known as Payne’s Studios Ltd.

Postcards

It is believed that Edwin Payne was the photographer and publisher of the Camera House series of postcards.

Other Series

Reference

Contributors:

  • Andrew Wilkie
  • James Gavin
  • Terry Cowlard
  • Keith Harrop
  • Walter Herzik
  • Malcolm Murphy

South African Canvas Co., Ltd

South African Canvas Co., Ltd

Salisbury

The South African Canvas Co, Ltd has been operating in various forms since 1932 under different ownership and management and continues to operate today as SA Canvas – The Canvas Corporation.

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Clark’s Curios

Clark’s Curios

Victoria Falls

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P M Clark and Clark’s Curious

Clark’s Curios was established by Percy Missen Clark in 1903.

The original site, known as ‘The Huts’ was located opposite the railway station, which in those early days of town planning was the centre of the small community. The mud hut doubled as his photography studio and booking office.

Around 1904, Clark soon developed a portfolio of photographs of the Falls, entitled ‘Souvenir of the Victoria Falls’, of which there were several variations produced over the years.

His son, Victor Clark, took over the photography business and continued producing the album in later years. The business was later known as Clark’s Curio Store.

First Day Covers

Postcards

Other Publishers

Reference

  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.236
  • www.tothevictoriafalls.com
  • Guide to the Victoria Falls (Fifth Edition 1925) – Percy M. Clark
  • Autobiography of an Old Drifter (1936) – Percy M. Clark
Contributors
  • James Gavin

Radio Ltd

Radio Ltd

Salisbury

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Central African Airways

Central African Airways

Salisbury

Central African Airways Corporation was formed on 1st June, 1946 under the joint ownership of the Governments of Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland. It was the national airline of the Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland.

The airline provided a comprehensive service within Central Africa, up north to Dar-es-Salaam and Nairobi, south to Johannesburg, east to Beira and Lourenco Marques, and west to Elizabethville. It also provided a twice-weekly coach service to London known as the Zambezi Service.

In 1951, the airline began it’s Airways Letter Service.

When the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland was dissolved in 1963, Zambia Airways and Air Malawi were founded as wholly owned subsidiaries of Central African Airways, taking over the route network in the respective countries.

In 1965, Air Rhodesia was founded as a third CAA subsidiary. Thenceforth, only the prestigious international flights from Salisbury to London and Johannesburg were operated under the Central African Airways brand. In 1967, Zambia Airways, Air Malawi and Air Rhodesia decided to become independent of each other, and CAA was disestablished.

Events

1956
1955
1954
1953
1951
1950

Letter Cards

Postcards

Stamp Releases

References

  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.50
  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.122
  • Journal of the Rhodesian Study Circle No.124
Contributors
  • Keith Harrop
  • Terrence Devine

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British Overseas Airways Corporation

British Overseas Airways Corporation

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) was the British state-owned airline created in 1939 by the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd.

After the passing of the Civil Aviation Act of 1946, European and South American services passed to two further state-owned airlines, British European Airways (BEA) and British South American Airways (BSAA). BOAC absorbed BSAA in 1949, but BEA continued to operate British domestic and European routes for the next quarter century.

A 1971 Act of Parliament merged BOAC and BEA, effective 31 March 1974, forming today’s British Airways.

Events

1959
1957
1952

Commemorative Covers

Contributors
  • Terrence Devine

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