These three albums of photographs from Tanzania circa 1930 were purchased by Mr Carlin from a secondhand bookshop in Bath in the early 1990s. The images of Kilimanjaro taken from Moshi reminded him in particular of the time he had spent in the area in the 1960s.
The captions in the album and secondary sources relating to Moshi School, pictured extensively, have enabled the provenance of the albums to be largely pieced together. They are believed to have been the property of Peter F. Chandor, a government worker and teacher at Moshi School, and his wife Eileen. The Chandors married in the UK in 1929, before returning to Tanzania where Peter may already have been teaching. Their two children, Ann and Peter Jr (sometime owner of the secondhand bookshop!), were born in Tanzania before the Chandors returned to the UK in the 1930s and divorced shortly afterwards. Peter subsequently lived in the USA.
The majority of photographs in the first 2 albums are devoted to the area and scenery around Moshi, the school and its pupils. Although the pictures themselves are small, the exuberance of the school children is touchingly captured. There are also a number of images which capture aspects of the lives of Maasai and Chagga people who lived in the area. A section of the first album documents a sea voyage between the UK and Africa on the SS Mantola. The third album predominantly contains baby photos of Ann Chandor, with her family and Tanzanian servants.