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G. Pucci's Photograph Album Relating to Eritrea, Ethiopia and Libya

Identifier: MS Group 008

Scope and Content

The album contains 95 photographs of a trip taken by Italian soldier G. Pucci in 1939 to Eritrea, Ethiopia and Libya. The photos are well identified with captions, and Pucci's itinerary is well documented: Tessenei (Feb. 3), Amara - Addis Ababa (Feb. 5-7), Addis Abeba - Lechemti (Feb. 10), Assab - Dessie (Feb. 11-12), Asmara - Gondar (Feb. 14-15), Gondar - Debra Marcos - Addis Abeba (Feb. 16), Litoranea Libica (Feb. 22-27). Smaller villages are included, such as Gasperini, Ghedo, Bati, Sardo, Mille, Elidar, Guma, Assab, Adi Arcai and Debarech. Subjects in Eritrea and Ethiopia include colonial dignitaries, Italian built roads and bridges, colonial pioneers, an inspection by Duke Aosta, an air corps camp at Dessie, fantazia by Somali irregulars, Abyssinian leaders, military pontoon bridges across the Blue Nile, Ethiopian royalty at Dabat, an Italian family with African servant and children in militzia costume, colonial construction, warehousing, agriculture, and a Portuguese castle. Pucci flew to Libya on February 21 and several other scenes at various locations are shown: Muslim school children giving a fascist salute, ruins at Leptas Magna, newly created Italian villages such as Cesare Battisti and Francesco Crispi, Zliten, a Muslim procession, the Oasis of Mazurta, ruins of Sabrata, and different monuments to the Italians. The album also includes two poems written by Pucci, the first at the Grotte del Lete on February 23 and the second at Sirte on February 24.


  • Creation: 1939



The collection is open for research.


1 Linear feet (1 volume)

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An album containing photos taken by an Italian soldier, G. Pucci, in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Libya, February 3-27, 1939.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Purchased in 2012.

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this album are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Related Material

The Martin Rikli Photographs at the University of Florida document Rikli's Ethiopian (Abessinien) expedition, which coincided with the second Italo-Abyssinian War.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America