Senegalese Village

Senegalese Village

This postcard is of the Senegalese Village at the Franco-British Exhibition in London in 1908. It was published by Valentine & Sons. The sender wrote on the back above “Official Franco-British Exhibition” that 12 cards were sent- maybe 12 cards from this fair?

Just like any other World’s Fair, this fair was a celebration. It was a celebration of the Entente Cordiale signed by the United Kingdom and France in 1904, which addressed and solved a variety of issues between the two countries. This fair was also referred to as the White City (clearly stolen from the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago :p).

The Senegalese Village was just one of many village exhibits. Approximately 150 Senegalese villagers were brought to London during the exhibition to be a part of the reproduction village and demonstrate what life in Senegal was like.

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2 Responses to Senegalese Village

  1. Louise Wile says:

    I collect White City postcards… many many many fairs / amusement parks were called that. I have hundreds, and dozens from Chicago. There were White City parks all over the USA.

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