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Friday, 2 December 2011

Once Upon A Time In Deepest Darkest Africa


Dr Archbold Lewis was a famous nineteenth century anthropologist from St Louis who made his name with his landmark dissertation titled  "The Great Swahili Zebra Races. A Ritual Central To A Young Warrior's Rise To Manhood".  He made a small fortune on  the US lecture circuit with his tales of daring do on the dark continent and his claim that the primary mode of transport for the inhabitants was the domesticated zebra. In reality though, he had never been abroad and his stories had originated from a young Slave girl he'd had a crush on during a holiday in the deep south in 1835. Here we see Lewis on his one and only trip to Africa at the age of 65, attempting to get photographic evidence to bolster his standing within the academic community.

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