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Kicking it with the cool kids of 1950s Kinshasa

This must be the saddest photo of happy people in the world. Taken in the narrow slit of optimism between Congo’s passing from the most terrible colony in Africa to the most terrible failed state in Africa, Jean Depara’s photos of life in Kinshasa in the early 1950s show the rambunctious Congo that could have been. » 11/29/11 3:00pm 11/29/11 3:00pm

Postal stamp dreams of vintage cars in the Congo

These stamps of classic cars are from the Congo. The Congo is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about classic touring and race cars. Mind you, this is the Republic of Congo, not the big crazy Congo of Ali vs. Foreman, the Concorde landing strip in the jungle and the Second Congo War: that’s the… » 6/24/11 12:30pm 6/24/11 12:30pm