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History has always been an important part of everybody's life. This site is an attempt to record some of the history of the Bahamas in the form of old photographs and postcards. Other items of history will be included to support the photographs.
This is a site of few words, the photographs will do the talking for themselves. If you have any old photographs or postcards you would like to add to the site please send them to one of the addresses shown at the bottom of this page. Also if you have any information to add to the caption on the pictures please forward it to be included. Any help would be sincerely appreciated.
Thank you for all your positive comments about the site, and please take your time and enjoy this photographic history of the Bahamas.

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Latest News

A large amount of old black and white postcards from the 1920's to the 1973's have just arrived and have been added to the site, along with a couple old photographs from the 1880's. Some more modern ones of the family islands have also arrive waiting to be posted. We will keep posting many more very soon, so please keep checking back on a regular basis.

**Now over 2300 photographs and postcards on 79 pages on the site.**

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Pre-Independence Bahamas flag.
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Looking west towards Fort Charlotte, Nassau.
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Airview of Nassau c.1940.
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JF Coonley's Photo of Charlotte St.circa 1877.
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Youngsters cooking in a Dutch Oven, Nassau.
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Charlotte Street, Nassau, c.1910.
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Charlotte Street, Nassau. Photo by Sands.
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The Watched Pot, Nassau.
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Glass Bottom Boat, Nassau, c.1900.
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Ferry to Paradise Beach from New Colonial Hotel.
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Market Entrance, Bay Street, Nassau.
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The Royal Bank of Canada, Bay Street, Nassau.
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Old Friends Meet, Nassau.
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The Esplanade, Nassau.
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Passing Over Nassau Harbour.
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Paradise Island Bridge, Nassau.
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Architect's drawing of the unbuilt PI Bridge, 1966
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Nassau from Hog Island.
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"Another Coonley, likely 1800s since the Barracks still appear on the waterfront." 
Ron Lightbourn, Nassau, Bahamas. 

The Barracks, Nassau Harbour.
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A Nassau Cottage.
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Sisal Plantation, Nassau.
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Gathering Sisal, Nassau, c.1900.
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A Sisal Plantation, Nassau.
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Drying Sisal, Nassau, 1917.
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Chas. J. Kelly's Lumber Yard Drying Sisal, Nassau.
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Drying Sisal near the wharf, Nassau.
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Sisal Plantation, Bahamas.
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Old Fire Engine at Fort Charlotte, Nassau.
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Dray Coming Down Augusta Street, Nassau.
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View Toward Fort Charlotte, Nassau, N.P.
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Higgs Landing, Nassau, N.P.
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"This was where Victoria Avenue crossed Bay Street. In 1907 my grandparents Roger and Mamie Lightbourn were living in the house to the left." 
Ron Lightbourn, Nassau, Bahamas.

View Looking Towards Nassau Harbour.
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Looking North Towards WIR Barracks, Nassau.
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West Indies Regiment Barracks, Nassau Harbour.
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RAF Seafarers Club, Nassau.
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Dray carrying sheep to market, Nassau.
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A Study, Nassau.
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Finding shade on Bay Street, Nassau.
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Early Taxi Drivers Unloading Trunks in Nassau.
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The Army Barracks on Nassau Waterfront c.1860.
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Street Scene, Nassau.
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Native Express, Nassau.
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Looking East from Hotel New Colonial. Posted 1926.
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Looking to Government House from Colonial Hotel.
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" Between 1872 and 1891, my wife Joan's great grandfather, Capt. John Henry Bethel, Jr. and his wife raised a family of eleven children in the two most prominent houses, and also ran a bakery at the rear." 

Ron Lightbourn, Nassau, Bahamas.

Policemen on patrol, Marlborough Street.
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Nassau, from the Colonial Hotel.
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Nassau Street Scene, Corner of Bay Street, 1901.
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The beautiful photograph shown above was taken by the Holmes Building on the NW corner of Parliament Street at Bay Street. J.P. Sands' shop is across Bay Street.

Many thanks to R.Lightbourn, author of "Reminiscing II- Photos of Old Nassau", for identifying the location. 

Panorama looking over Nassau.
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View from Queen's Street.
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Coin Diving, Nassau.
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View on the Shore at the Conch Fishery.
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Nassau Panorama from Fort Charlotte..
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A Typical Scene, Nassau.
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Panorama of Nassau.
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A Street Scene, Nassau.
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Suburbs, Nassau. Posted Feb.5th 1914.
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Bahamas General Hospital, Nassau.
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Montagu Racetrack Paddock Nassau.
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Prince George's Dock, Nassau.
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On the Shore Road, East Nassau.
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Near Eastern Parade, Nassau.
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Aerial View of Coral Harbour Club, 1959.
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Native Two Wheel Cart, Nassau.
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Western Drive, Nassau.
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The Governor Opens the Legislature, Nassau.1957
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An Unidentified Street Scene, Nassau.
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The old photograph above shows the Jib on East Bay Street (at left), opposite Malcolm's Park which was possibly not yet reclaimed when this picture was taken.

Once again many thanks to R.Lightbourn for identifying this location. 

On the Road to Blue Hills, Nassau.
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A Bahamian Village. Where? Help Please.
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Hello Bob,

I am an old Bahamian, and sailed Georgetown Regata years gone by. the photo, A bahamian village (where, help please) looks to me like the hill in george town, overlooking pond, (now cut into the bay), looking north over Elizabeth Harbor to Lee Stocking Isle, with goat cay showing to the left of photo also the old building should be the church,a possibility?Pat.

Hi Bob,
My name is Terry Goodwin, you recently heard from my brother Pat regarding the location in Exuma that you were questioning. My other brother Tom, confirmed the probability that Pat was right.
Terry

Hi Bob,

This picture is not of George Town Exuma but it is a picture of Little Farmers Cay Exuma, I know because I have some pictures from 1911 and I can pinpoint the spot where that photo was taken.
Julian Nixon
Exuma, Bahamas

Hi Bob,
The picture in question: A Bahamian Village . Where? Help please - That picture is surely the settlement where I was born and now live:
Little Farmers Cay Exuma. The picture depicts Little Farmers Cay and was taken from the hill where I now live. The coconut trees are at the bay of Little Harbour, which is separated by a strip of land called The Point. The next harbour over is called Big Harbour that is to the North. at the North end of Big Harbour is the Creek Point. Beyond in the distance is a high hill on Great Guana Cay - the longest Cay in the Exuma chain. I will try and take a picture from about the same spot and email it to you soon. Its definitely Little Farmers Cay! By the way thank you very much for the gift!  
Terry Bain

The Lake, Nassau.
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Miller's Lake, Nassau.
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Fox Hill Creek, Nassau.
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Bahamas Pavilion.
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Typical Scene, Nassau.
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The postcard shown above was taken on East Bay Street, looking west toward the Silk Cotton Tree and the Eastern Parade.

Many thanks again go to R.Lightbourn for identifying this location. 

Thanks for dropping by and taking a look at the photos. Please get in touch with any comments or reactions! More photos coming soon. If you have any old photos in your collection please send them to the addresses below. Please come back very soon and enjoy the history.

All photographs and postcards are property of B.Davies and may not be copied without permission. For any information contact him at:- bob@therumelier.com
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