Tuck's 'Oilette' Postcards of the Gold Coast, 1924   
 
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Series II-5
The Fort at Coomassie. This fort is the one which was held by a handful of Europeans and African troops for over 100 days during the Ashanti War of 1900; the Garrison being ultimately relieved by the forces under the command of Sir James Wilcocks.
Guggisberg's text:  
'Leaving the Colony, we come to Ashanti where the oil painting of the old Fort at Coomassie nestling amongst its palms and brightly coloured shrubs and looking a very different place to what it was during the siege of 1900 - will arouse many recollections among the retired members of our Civil Service' (Guggisberg, Gold Coast News, no. 25).
The Fort. Coomassie. Gold Coast.

 
Series III
Government Trade Schools - Gold Coast. This scene represents the Compound of one of the Trade Schools which the Government has established throughout the Country, and where lads can learn all the trades which may be useful to them in after life.
The carpenter's shop. Kibbi Trade School. Gold Coast.

 
Series III-2
'Fort Nassau Mori, Gold Coast. A picturesque ruin of an old time trading station lying a few miles to the eastward of Cape Coast Castle. With the abolition of the slave trade, the gradual absorption of Coast towns by the British and the consequent establishment of law and order, these fortified posts fell into disuse and ultimate ruin.'
Fort Nassau Mori, Gold Coast

 
Series III-3
'Old Type European House, Gold Coast. These old bungalows constructed mainly of timber are now giving place to buildings of iron and concrete: a change for the better which must be experienced on the spot to be fully realised.'
Old Type House for Europeans Accra, Gold Coast

 
Series III-4
'Government Officer’s Bungalow, Gold Coast. Some idea of the improved conditions obtaining on the Gold Coast may be gathered from this sketch of a junior official’s quarters.'
A Government Officer’s Bungalow, Gold Coast

 
Series III-5
'A Gold Coast Village near the Sea. This village is part of Cape Coast and is an interesting example of the manner in which the desert tribes from the Sahara import their own style of building when settled some hundreds of miles from their natural habitat.'
A Fulani Village, Gold Coast

 
Series IV-1
Fulani Herdsmen at Mampon, Gold Coast. The scene depicts the Fulani Herdsmen in charge of a few of the hump back cattle that hail from the Upper Senegal. Mampon, which is on the great scarp north of Commassie, is one of the few spots in the Ashanti forests that is reasonably free from the deadly tsetse-fly.
Fulani Herdsmen at Mampon. Gold Coast.

 
Series IV-2
Christiansborg Castle by Moonlight. Gold Coast. A scene which brings vividly to mind the days when these old castles housed the Merchant Adventurers and the dark baracoons of which held the slave gangs awaiting shipment to America and the West Indies.
Guggisberg's text:  
'...the Castle under the moon - an atmosphere of shimmering white in the deep blue dimness of the night. The waters of the great Atlantic rollers, broken and spent on the broad reef, come rippling innocently now in little waves, kissed by the moonlight, on to the soft sand of the little bay. The touch of life in the lighted windows and gateway gives a strong relief to the picture - but above all and anything is the impression given by the shimmering atmosphere' (Guggisberg, Gold Coast News, no. 25).
Christiansborg Castle by Moonlight. Gold Coast .