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September 16, 2012

September 16, 1908

We read in the documentation of a photograph in the Royal Society Graphics Collection, a picture of early modern science:

The Royal Society's third Sleeping Sickness Commission under the Directorship of Colonel Sir David Bruce left England on 16 September 1908, reaching their destination of the camp and laboratory of Mpumu, Uganda, (27 miles from Kampala) on 22 October 1908. Their mission was to continue investigations into the distribution of tsetse-fly and sleeping sickness in Uganda, utilising the facilities left by the 1906 commission.

The date is listed as about 1909. The photographer is unknown. The photograph is described, as:

From a photograph album compiled by Colonel Albert Ernest Hamerton (1873-1955), documenting the Royal Society Sleeping Sickness Commission, Uganda.

A partial description of the photo reads:

A leopard slung over a pole and carried by two Ugandan porters, posed in front of a small crowd.


Original caption verso: "Leopard that killed my dog Tryp. Kasu, Nyasaland (two killed).

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