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July 19, 2022

50 Vintage Photographs Capture Everyday Life of Tanzania From the Late 1960s

Tanzania is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. It borders Uganda to the north; Kenya to the northeast; Comoro Islands and the Indian Ocean to the east; Mozambique and Malawi to the south; Zambia to the southwest; and Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania.

Tanzania is mountainous and densely forested in the north-east, where Mount Kilimanjaro is located. Three of Africa’s Great Lakes are partly within Tanzania. To the north and west lie Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, and Lake Tanganyika, the continent’s deepest lake, known for its unique species of fish. To the south lies Lake Malawi. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the Zanzibar Archipelago just offshore. The Menai Bay Conservation Area is Zanzibar’s largest marine protected area. The Kalambo Falls, located on the Kalambo River at the Zambian border, is the second-highest uninterrupted waterfall in Africa.

Christianity is the largest religion in Tanzania, but there are also substantial Muslim and Animist minorities. Over 100 different languages are spoken in Tanzania, making it the most linguistically diverse country in East Africa. The country does not have a de jure official language, although the national language is Swahili. Approximately 10% of Tanzanians speak Swahili as a first language, and up to 90% speak it as a second language.

These fascinating photos were taken by Philip that documented everyday life of Tanzania in 1969.

A market somewhere in Mwanza Region, 1969

A busy scene in the Tanzanian town of Mwanza as the bus to Musoma is loaded prior to departure, 1969

A fishing beach in Musoma on the eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, 1969

A typical scene–boats have landed with fish for sale from the beach, 1969

Bananas by the stalk, 1969

Bananas for sale, 1969

Blending in, 1969

Boatman, 1969

Boys and musician, 1969

Captain of the fishing boat at the Fisheries Station, Mwanza, Tanzania, 1969

Crouching player, flying music, 1969

Dried fish laid out on a table made from reeds in the Mwanza region of Tanzania, 1969

Drinking together, August 1969

End of the day, 1969

Feathered men dancing, 1969

Fish mosaic, 1969

Fish traders, 1969

Full sail, 1969

Greengrocer smile, 1969

Kids with Makonde carving, 1969

Nice catch, 1969

One of the beaches where fish was landed by canoe from Lake Victoria, 1969

Paddling home, 1969

Pan's pipes, 1969

Proud father, 1969

Put your fists up!, 1969

Reluctant subjectKids in Kunduchi (near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) with a Makonde carving fashioned nearby, 1969

Riding the waves in the Tanzanian Lake Victoria fishery, 1969

Scramble to buy fish, 1969

Smoking fish, 1969

Sorting the nets, 1969

Sun glasses, 1969

Tanzanian boy, 1969

Tanzanian boys, 1969

Tanzanian girl, 1969

Tanzanian girls dressed up, 1969

Tanzanian man, 1969

The bus is delayed, 1969

The entertainer, 1969

The train to Dar es Salaam, 1969

Three friends, 1969

Two men traveling along the shore of Lake Victoria in Mwanza, Tanzania, 1969

Waiting, 1969

Walk along a railway line, 1969

Washing time, 1969

Whistle and hoe, 1969

Women in Kitenge (or Kanga are wrap garments from East Africa, sold in matching pairs) on a Lake Victoria fishing beach in Tanzania, 1969

Workmates, 1969

Young family, 1969

Young girl traders, 1969


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