Old photos of Kruger

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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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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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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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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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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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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 .
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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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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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I saw this post and forwarded the link onto my folks, as my dad is motor enthusiast and I thought he may be able to help with the ID of the cars.....this is his reply......

Dad says - he agrees that the car on the right is a Plymouth. The one on the left is a Studebaker, he thinks it is a 1947 model
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This coming along nicely !

I had another confirmation that the left car is a Studebaker Starliner, dating from 1947-1952. After 1952 the bodystyle was revamped. Taking everything into account, it is clear that the photo dates from around early 50's, l with a different entrance into Letaba than today. Thanks for all who have helped!
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Dear Francois,

Thanks for sharing and YES, what a classic acquisition. Really great pic. Also pics by Richard Gillat and Leighvlasso are great to see again! The round huts were the so called Selby huts, named after famed American photographer, mining engineer and old Parks Board board member, Paul Selby. The square huts in the background were the so-called Knapp huts and the design proved to be very unpopular and these were discontinued.

Many thanks again!

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Joep, thanks for adding some info on the rondawels.

I always thought that a rondawel was a rondawel, and never knew before that the styles actually had names. Can you elaborate a bit more on the differences and amenities in each, and why the Knapps were not liked?

The only other place I know that had a standalone "squaredawel" as my wife calls them, (excluding of course the now modern guest houses) was (is?) in Onder Sabie. We stayed in one in 1993 on my honeymoon.
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The car on the left I seem to believe is a
Vauxhall! It can in fact be traced back, with
all due respect to a number plate it reflects.

Hard to believe that even then already we
had sharkies around.
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