Tuck's 'Oilette' Postcards of the Gold Coast, 1924
Copyright note: All rights reserved. Usage of the texts and images depicted here is only allowed for academic purposes. The 'Tuck's 'Oilette' Postcards of the Gold Coast, 1924' collection is part of the private collection of images of the Gold Coast and Ghana of Michel R. Doortmont. Original Government of the Gold Coast, with uncertain current status. Author of the database and the accompanying texts is M.R. Doortmont, Groningen. Michel R. Doortmont, 2001-2005 for texts, database layout and content.

Series IV-3
Ashanti Drummer with Talking Drums, Gold Coast. With these drums the people of Ashanti, through the medium of a tonic language, are able to transmit messages over long distances through the forests.
African Drummer

Series IV-5
Dixcove, near Seccondee, Gold Coast. One of the most picturesque of the old forts built on the Coast of the Gulf of Guinea in the early nineteenth century.
Dicove near Seccondee. Gold Coast.

Series IV-6
 'A Steam Shovel at Takoradi, Gold Coast. These steam shovels were first used in the Gold Coast in 1922 in connection with the railway approaches to the new Harbour in Takoradi'.
A Steam Shovel at Takoradi, Gold Coast.

Series V-1
Kormantin Fort with fishing village Abadsi. Gold Coast. Kormantin Fort was built by the British in 1555 at the invitation of the local chief. At this time the Portuguese had the bulk of trade on the Guinea Coast and frequent collisions occurred between the adventurous merchants of the two nations.
Kormantin Fort with fishing village Abadsi. Gold Coast.

Series V-2
Ashanti Potters, Gold Coast. All the pottery used for domestic purposes is made by the women and without the aid of the Potter's wheel. Specimens of Ashanti pottery can be seen and purchased in the Gold Coast Building at Wembley.
Ashanti potters, Gold Coast.

Series V-3
'Boys on Parade, Kibbi Trade School, Gold Coast. Kibbi is one of the four trade schools recently opened and designed to teach the 'dignity of labour'. The discipline of these schools is based upon Boy Scout principles'. 
Guggisberg's text:  
' ... a Trade School of Boy Scouts at Kibbi. I must confess that I was sorry for Miss Cheesman having to tackle a subject so lacking in artistic possibilities as a tidy well-swept school-ground, but this lack of possibilities has been overcome by the skilful introduction of the harmattan mists in the great forest in the background. The Scouts on parade and at work, the buildings they had built, were all I wanted' (Guggisberg, Gold Coast News, no. 25).
Boys on Parade. Kibbi Trade School, Gold Coast.

Series V-4
'A Corner of the Courtyard, Elmina Castle, Gold Coast. Elmina, the finest of the old forts on the Gold Coast, was originally constructed by Diego d'Azambuja from materials brought from Portugal in 1482. It was captured by the Dutch in 1637 and eventually ceded to Great Britain in 1872'.
A corner of the courtyard, Elmina Castle, Gold Coast.

Series V-5
Cape Coast Castle, Gold Coast. Cape Coast Castle is one of the oldest of the British Settlements on the Gold Coast and prior to the removal of the seat of Government to Accra was the Residence of the Colony's Government.
Guggisberg's text:  
'... 300-year old building which the Swedes started in 1623, and which was held until 1850 by the Danes. The water-colour showing the approach along the red road, with the gleaming white walls of the battlements seen through the graceful coconut palms, is a charming picture, and the touch of the real artist comes in in the shadows of the early evening lengthening across the road. Without those shades what a bald foreground it would be' (Guggisberg, Gold Coast News, no. 25).
Cape Coast Castle. Gold Coast.