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By Pheroze Nowrojee

The Asian African community might believe that there is little pictorial record of their activities in Kenya and East Africa during the period of the East Africa Protectorate, 1895-1920.

The Asian African Heritage Exhibition currently on at the National Museum in Nairobi, confirms that documentary and photographic records of its activities and achievements are available, and that research and reference reveal much.

What the exhibition has also shown to the community is that a substantial part of this material was within its own possession, though not looked at, and its worth and power unrecognized, for too long.

This article deals with further images, which again give us views of ourselves that are not always familiar. These are picture postcards of that time, (from the author's collection). They show us some of the public images about the community that had currency then and for a long while later.

Some of them confirm our view of the way we think we were. Others will surprise us. Though some of these pictures and some of these aspects of the community are now forgotten, they repay a fresh appraisal.

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