July 2, 2018

50 Candid Polaroids of Ordinary People in Cape Town in the Early 1960s

The area known today as Cape Town has no written history before it was first mentioned by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias in 1488. The German anthropologist Theophilus Hahn recorded that the original name of the area was '||Hui !Gais' – a toponym in the indigenous Khoe language meaning "where clouds gather." All knowledge of the previous inhabitants of the region was derived from fossil evidence and from rock art in the area.

From 1959 to 1963 Bobby Graham's father took some candid Polaroid snaps of ordinary people in Cape Town. The photographs capture everyday life in the South Africa's capital, and show us what Cape Town people wore in the 1960s.



















































(Photos © Bobby Graham)




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