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Photograph by Pierre Daye  
Bridge to an African Past

By the time this photograph of Belgian colonials and Congolese natives reached our archives in 1919—part of a collection donated by Belgian journalist Pierre Daye—the Geographic already had a long history of stories on the region. In January 1899 a passage from "Lloyd's Journey Across the Great Pygmy Forest" presaged this picture. "Occasionally I came upon a very small natural clearing," wrote Albert B. Lloyd, "but generally speaking the growth was very dense.... In many places it was impossible to read even at noon."
This photograph was never before published in the magazine.

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