Images of Colonialism

These late-19th- and early-20th-century trade cards and illustrations offer insight into European perspectives on the colonial experience.
A trade card produced by Liebig's Extract of Meat Company, 1896. View Details.
Widener Library Images of Colonialism Collection

This visual record of early European contacts with Africa and Asia is a primary visual resource for historical and socio-cultural studies.
Made up largely of late-19th and early-20th century trade cards and illustrated European newspapers, this collection offers insight into European perspectives on varying aspects of colonial experience by documenting how popular perceptions of Asia and Africa were created and disseminated.

The collection can also be used to draw contrasts between colonial attitudes among the French, British, German, and Dutch colonizers and the realities in the colonies.

Accessing These Materials

You can view this entire collection via HOLLIS Images.


Sub-Saharan Africa Section, Widener Library