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This album contains postcards of religious sites and cultural/natural landscapes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The postcards provide historical views of the city and names of churches and official buildings. The album binding was handmade by an Italian military official during the Ethiopian campaign in 1935-1936 and has a beautifully painted cover with the title Addis Abeba in Italian and Amharic, as well as an Italian coat of arms and official seal.
Between October 1935 and May 1936, a brief colonial war was fought between the Ethiopian Empire (also known as Abyssinia) and the Kingdom of Italy. This conflict would become known as the Second Italo--byssinian War (or the Second Italo-Ethiopian War). Italy sought to avenge its losses in the First Italo-Abyssinian War and to unify Italian-held Eritrea and Italian Somaliland by acquiring Ethiopia. The war resulted in the military occupation of Ethiopia and its annexation into the newly created colony of Italian East Africa (Africa Orientale Italiana, or AOI). Although Emperor Haile Selassie I was forced into exile in England, Ethiopia never capitulated or surrendered, and the country was eventually liberated in 1941 by the Allied Forces.
Custodial History note
Purchased from Alvin Pettit Productions (Kevin Jackson), 2008.
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Preferred Citation note
Addis Ababa postcard album, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art
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