Tuck's 'Oilette' Postcards of the Gold Coast, 1924
 
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Series V-6
'Anamabo Fort, Gold Coast. A seventeenth century fort, built by 'The Royal African Company' and lying some twelve miles east of Cape Coast Castle. It was heavily besieged by the Ashanti armies that overran the country in about 1825'.
Anamabo Fort, Gold Coast.

 
Series VI-1
Old Accra, Gold Coast. One of the squalid streets in old Accra which latter is steadily disappearing and giving way to broad highways and  well-built dwelling houses.
Guggisberg's text: 
'... one of the congested quarters of Accra with its tumble-down hovels, its naked babies, its drainless street, a delightful scene ...' (Guggisberg, Gold Coast News, no. 25).
Old Accra. Gold Coast.

 
Series VI-2
'Accra from Government House, Gold Coast. Accra is the capital of the Gold Coast and the scene depicted is that of the bay around which the major part of the town is built. Off the end of the breakwater can be seen the hundreds of canoes which supply the town and hinterland with fish'.
Guggisberg's text:  
'The water-colour showing the view from the Castle in the early morning is, to my mind, the most fascinating of the whole of Miss Cheesman's pictures. The distant red cliffs, the buildings in Accra, the long stretch of blue white surf, the group of palms on the right, even the distant cranes and import sheds, all combine in one harmonious and beautiful whole' (Guggisberg, Gold Coast News, no. 25).
Accra from Government House, Gold Coast.


Series VI-3
An Ashanti Priest, Gold Coast. A fetish priest with the regalia of his office, including the 'doso' or kilt of palm leaf fibre.
An Ashanti priest, Gold Coast.

 
Series VI-4
Koforidua Station, Gold Coast. The scene depicts Koforidua during the cocoa season and clearly demonstrates the manner in which the bulk of the 198,000 tons shipped from Gold Coast ports in 1923 is handled while en route for the coast. Koforidua is the headquarters of the Eastern Province of the Colony and the centre of one of the main cocoa-producing areas.
Guggisberg's text: 
'... the early morning sun at Koforidua Station with the perfect colouring of the laden cocoa carriers, contrasts with the station and the morning mists sweeping through the distant trees' (Guggisberg, Gold Coast News, no. 25).
Koforidua Station. Gold Coast.

 
Series VI-5
Elmina Castle, Gold Coast. Elmina Castle is the finest and one of the most romantic forts on the Gold Coast. Built originally with materials brought from Europe in 1482 by Diego d'Azambuja, it was held in turn by the Portuguese and Dutch being finally transferred to the British in 1872.
Elmina Castle. Gold Coast.

 
Series VI-6
A Palaver of Chiefs. Accra, Gold Coast. The scene depicts a meeting of chiefs under one of the great ficus trees in the Courtyard of Christiansborg Castle, the official residence of the Governors of the Gold Coast.
These durbars are a riot of colours owing to the great state umbrellas carried over the heads of the local potentates and the brilliant clothes worn by all in attendance.
A Palaver of Chiefs. Accra, Gold Coast.


Unidentified Series
Caption to be determined. It is unclear if this postcard is part of the Gold Coast series ordered by Guggisberg and done by E. Cheesman. The style is slightly different and there is no legible signature on the front as in the other cards. Possibly this card is one from a series depicting the different pavillons at the Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924.
Interior - Gold Coast Building - Wembley. Ashanti Court