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Tanzania, Tanganyika, men spinning cotton

Native group of men spinning cotton with hand spindles. The whorls of the top-whorl-spindles are a single cross bar or arm. Note the heap of full spindles in front of the hard-working group of men. Tanganyika, Mission Pères Blancs (White Fathers)1, c. 1907.


1The stations Mpala on the west bank and Karema on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika were founded by the "Association Internationale Africaine" under the care of King Leopold II in 1877. In 1885 they were handed over to the White Fathers and became mission stations. Today, the Lake Tanganyika forms the border between Tanzania and the Republic of Congo.