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A. M. Harper, African Safari Part I

Melissa Mellard

Silent | c. 1957

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  •  Planning hunting trip 
  •  Packing clothes and weapons for trip 
  •  Boarding plane- heading to Africa.  
  •  The Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya 
  •  Marking hunting location on a map of Africa- ranges from Kenya to Tanganyika (part of Tanzania today) 
  •  Loading cars for hunting excursion 
  •  African village and villagers 
  •  Scenery from car, cattle blocking road 
  •  Kathonzweni Works Camp 
  •  Arrived at hunting camp, Ngorongoro Safari Lodge 
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This home movie shot during one of Harper's African safaris shows life in the well-appointed hunting camps, native animals on the savanna, and hunters posing with their "trophy" kills. Please note: this video includes very graphic scenes of animals after they have been killed. Please view with caution if you are sensitive to these types of images.

Born in Yorktown, Texas in 1901, Albert Morris "A.M." Harper was a longtime resident of Alice where he owned and operated a successful oil field trucking company. Financial success followed from the early boom in the Texas oil industry and enabled Harper to enjoy a recreational home in Port Aransas and many adventurous pursuits, including safari expeditions in Africa and Alaska.

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1950s Map of Africa                                           Handwritten Packing List                                         Trophy List



Cover of A.M. Harper's Passport                        Pages from A.M. Harper's Passport                        Pages from A.M. Harper's Passport            



Pages from A.M. Harper's Passport                    Pages from A.M. Harper's Passport                        Vaccination Record