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                                    GENERAL:                                                     THE POSTCARDS                   

                                   Objective                                                Catalog of postcards Edmond Fortier                                            

                                   Who's Edmond Fortier?                          Structure of the editions                

                                   Related sites                                           Supplements on the catalog (2e partie)

                                   Things worth nowing                              Supplements on the catalog (3e partie)





The Archive:

At the moment the collection of the center  contains digital selected Edmond Fortier-postcards and with consent from other

collectioners with pictures of  the following West African states; Senegal, Guinée,  Mali,  Benin. The  picture collection give a

nice view of the people, the landscape and the rituals between 1900 and 1910.

The period 1900 - 1904 concerns especially pictures of Senegal with accents on the City of Dakar, the surrounding villages

and ethnic groupes. The period 1905 -1910 concerns interesting items as  "A Voyage on the Niger" (Mali-1905) and visites                                                                          to Guinée, Ivory Coast and Benin. (1908)    

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 The purpose:

*  The objective of the "Centre Edmond Fortier" is together with ohter collctioners ; Collectors, museums and teachers

    making acquantaince to West  Africain in the period 1900 - 1910 by the pictures of Edmond Fortier.

* Selecting and showing the pictures of Edmond Fortier in virtual expositions.

* Making  the pictures available to all non-profit institutions, "Supporting the History of Africa".

* To be a support-center on behalf of the collectors of Edmond Fortier- postcards.                            


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                         Who's Edmond Fortier  ?                   

Fortier was born in 1862 in the little village Celles sur Pleine in the Vosges,France. He lived already several years
in St-Louis Senegal, before he departed in 1900 to Dakar.

 As photographer and publisher of postcards, he visited Senegal and Guinea, Mali in 1906, Ivory- coast,  

Benin and Lagos in 1908 producing,(between -1900-1910)

3.300 pictures/postcards and after 1910 publishing 3.320 reprints.

He was the first photographer who visited the Dogon (1905) in the Bandiagara ( Mali ) and visited already Tombuctu in jan.1906.
10 years of research by Philippe David, author of the "Inventaire Generale des Cartes Postales Fortier" results in the
next complete facts:
"Edmond Fortier lived in Dakar on the corner of Boulevard  Pinet-Laprade / Rue Dagorne.He was a small person,
blonde, with little beard " pointu " and always wear a pointed topi (military model ) He had a favorite remark;
Le Cantal?… mon berceau, Dakar mon tombeau!  (The Cantal my cradle, Dakar.. my tomb)

Nothing is known after his death on 24 February 1928, about the weal and woe of his family/heir, neither about his extensive archive of 3.300  negatives.                       Pictures are published, already during his lifetime - with or without his permission - in more than 10 books.
Postcards can be found in several collections all over the world.


  Wildheid en beschaving by Raymond Corbey-Ambo-Baarn-1978

 .Inventaire General de cartes postales Fortier by Philippe David  1986:1987, 1988 3 tomes

  Voyages Fortier au Soudan by Philippe David, Cataloque cartes postales Neudin 1983                                                                                    > home <



                                          Visit this sites ! :                                                                                                                                                                

                             The Postcards:                                          Supporting History of Africa:                                                                                    

                       Postcard Bill "Judnick                                           Mali-new pictures                                                                                                           

   Postcard.org                                           AFRICAN CULTURE ON LINE                                                                

                                                                                   Casa das Áfricas                                                                                            

                                           Canal CPA                                            Photography of Africa                                                                                                                                    

                       African Museums on Internet                                           Lowesoft Collection                                                                                                                


                                        Fortier, un photographe tres moderne....    



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