Postcard-sized Sepia Production Still
5
1/2 Inches by 3 1/2 Inches
(30.5cm x 28.8cm)

South African Films Co. Ltd.

Johannesburg
, South Africa
c. 191
8

B
ased on the inscription on its reverse side, this small sepia photograph appear to be a production still from an unknown South African film. Based on the uniforms worn by the actors in
the scene the film seems to post date the Anglo-Boer War by a number of years. The scene depicted may bet set during the Bambatha Rebellion of 1906 or perhaps during World War
One. In the scene British or colonial troops appear to have set up an outpost in a small Zulu kraal. One interesting feature of the photograph is the M1895 Colt-Browning "potato
digger" machine gun in the left of the scene. Several of these American designed an built machine guns were used by Canadian troops during the Anglo-Boer War and this example may
have been left over from the conflict.  
Above: The reverse side showing the inscription which appears to read: "Butcher mounted Sergt with dispatch & Zulu huts Zululand for African Films Trust Co Ltd Johannesburg. I
am doing cow by in the pictures." . Although the inscription
seems to allude to the South African Film Trust which was founded by Isidore W. Schlesinger in 1913, the film in question
may actually have been produced by African Film Productions Ltd., a related company set up by Schlesinger
in 1915.