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Unread postby Joep Stevens » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:47 pm

Dear All,

Herewith a few more pics by Cecil Holmes.

This one showing the camp at Olifants Gorge. What is characteristic of this great contribution by Cecil is the stunning quality of the pics taken in the fifties.

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Next is one of elephant viewing with old car showing Barberton registration number.

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Unread postby Elsa » Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:48 pm

Going through my old photos I came across this one of us exiting the old Punda Maria Gate, not as old as some of the wonderful ons ones on this thread, think mine was taken around 1981.
We had hired/borrowed a caravan, can't remember which pulled by our Ford Granada station wagon, a real gas guzzler!

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Unread postby Joep Stevens » Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:26 pm

What a lovely picture Elsa! Thanks for sharing. Interesting that this facility no longer exists and was replaced with a new one a few kilometres away.

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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby Chip » Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:54 am

Thanks to Joep and other contributors for a really great thread. It brings back such vivid memories for me.

Joep, your pic of the acacia at Satara reminds me of an evening we were watching films put on by the Parks Board in the early 60's. The screen for the movie was the white wall of the reception/restaurant building and the projector was under the acacia tree. I was so tired that evening and fell asleep next to my wife during the show. The seats were green wooden benches with no backs or sides. I was on the end of a bench and my wife nudged me for some reason or other and I fell off the bench onto the ground. :redface: :redface: (I'm not sure why everyone around us thought it was so funny. I was so embarrased and felt a total idiot) :evil: :tongue:
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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby Pooh Bear » Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:54 pm

Hi everyone

We are putting the final touches to the 2012 Kruger Memories Calendar and it should be available in the next few weeks.

Thank you to those Forum members who contributed photographs and a very big thank you to Joep Stevens for his assistance and patience.

If you are not one of last year's purchasers and would like more information, please email us on midrandhr@gmail.com.

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Unread postby fdbotha » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:03 pm

Attached is an original 8 x 10 press photo I recently required. The back is stamped with a “Copyright - South African Railways” stamp, and a date 1965. It appeared in the travel section of an American newspaper on March 21, 1965, according to a stamp on the back. Someone had scribbled in pencil above the stamps, Letaba Rest Camp, K.N.P.

It is clear that SAR submitted this photo to promote tourism the park. However, while they submitted this in 1965, I am sure that this photo actually dates from the mid to late 50’s. (I base my date on the cars, the lack of infrastructure around the “gate”, and the fact that the speed sign is in mph.) Regardless, it is still a classic, for those of us who can still vaguely remember when the camps looked like this.....

I need help to confirm that: this is indeed the entrance to Letaba; someone who can possibly ID the cars; and someone who can put a year on when this pic was probably taken. Please forward to anybody you think may be of help.

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Re: Help with Old Kruger Park Picture

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:42 pm

Welcome to the forums fdbotha!

Just love the notice about getting too close to ellies ... "otherwise the consequences may be disastrous".

Hope someone is able to help you out as we do have some members with good 'history' knowledge, and of course Joep Stevens from SANParks.
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Re: Help with Old Kruger Park Picture

Unread postby deonpb » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:01 pm

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Re: Help with Old Kruger Park Picture

Unread postby fdbotha » Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:08 pm

Thanks for the older photos link by LEIGHVLASSO. I shamelessly lifted her pic of Letaba 1965 which strengthens my suspicion that my photo is dated from the 1950's

LEIGHVLASSO Letaba Entrance Camp 1965
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Re: Help with Old Kruger Park Picture

Unread postby fdbotha » Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:23 pm

From Richard Gillatt's post in the Old Pictures Thread, his picture is marked Letaba 1950.

It is clear that it is the same place, similar time. However, if his picture is marked 1950, then my picture is even older than I thought.

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Re: Help with Old Kruger Park Picture

Unread postby Bennievis » Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:14 pm

Hello Francois,
Welcome to the Forums :D
I agree with you, the photo was definately not taken in 1965. I remember the entrance as in Leighvlasso's photo very well - I was a kid then and we were in Letaba just about every weekend. If not mistaken, the building straight ahead in Leigh's photo used to be the Reception building, with the petrol pumps/service station directly to your right as you entered.
The resident ellie used to hung around at the entrance gate, sometimes with flapping of ears just to make sure you don't waste time entering the camp. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Help with Old Kruger Park Picture

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:40 pm

I would estimate that the car on the right coming towards the camera appears to be of the late 1940's or early 50's era , the car on the left is of the mid to late 1950's era .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Help with Old Kruger Park Picture

Unread postby fdbotha » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:36 pm

I had a suggestion that the car on the right is a 1941 Plymouth, which would fit well with an early 1950's date.

Was the entry gate to Letaba moved between 1950 and 1965? I may be wrong, but the 1950's road looks like it is running parallel to the river (due to the "depth" of the buildings), while the 1965 gate picture may look towards the river, the way I remember the "new" entrance. From the vegetation, there seems to be no resemblance between the two entries. That means that at some stage, the gate could have moved to its current orientation, especially since there really wasn't a "gate" in 1950 to begin with, so to speak. Any confirmations on this possible change?

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Re: Help with Old Kruger Park Picture

Unread postby Bennievis » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:56 pm

I was thinking the same thing. The entrance as on Leighvasslo's photos is where the current entrance is. The road has been filled up and tarred.
There must have been another entrance in the 1950's?


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