Mckenzie Heritage

Mckenzie Heritage The mckenzie heritage picture library and archive (1996 - 2006) is a unique collection of historic images, books & engravings & documenting global African & Asian communities.
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Currently on loan to the Black Cultural Archives (London).

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“This is Sarah Boone. She was born into slavery and married a freedman at age 15. When her family relocated to New Haven...
05/03/2021

“This is Sarah Boone. She was born into slavery and married a freedman at age 15. When her family relocated to New Haven Connecticut, she took up dressmaking as a profession. In the course of her work she noticed the difficulty of flattening out creases in the sleeves and bodies of women's dresses. Ironing at the time was done on a wooden plank propped between chairs or on the kitchen table. Sarah developed a design of a tapered board on a stand. By rotating the fabric around the board, it completely smoothed any portion of a dress. As a result, her design was issued US Patent # 473,653 on April 26, 1892. Mrs Boone was one of the first Black American women to be issued a patent and her design for the ironing board is still used today.”

Author Kim Stambaugh

A 1926 photo of Veeraswamy’s, often referred to as the UK’s oldest Indian restaurant, Regent Street, London.
01/03/2021

A 1926 photo of Veeraswamy’s, often referred to as the UK’s oldest Indian restaurant, Regent Street, London.

Contrasts, Textures and Hues Book
27/02/2021

Contrasts, Textures and Hues Book

The Fisk Jubilee Singers introduced spirituals to audiences around the world. (dangoat via Flickr under CC BY 2.0)

The Empire Windrush #windrush
13/02/2021

The Empire Windrush #windrush

About MH
13/02/2021

About MH

Contrasts, Textures and Hues Book
11/02/2021

Contrasts, Textures and Hues Book

Early 20th century Caribbean women on colonial postcards

Vintage images can tell us so much about how ancestral communities lived...
11/02/2021

Vintage images can tell us so much about how ancestral communities lived...

Raod builders, Jamaica

The Thankful Poor, 1894.African-American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner Medium oil on canvas
07/02/2021

The Thankful Poor, 1894.
African-American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner
Medium oil on canvas

Vintage colonial image
21/01/2021

Vintage colonial image

16/12/2020

Stolen loot👎🏽

14/12/2020
Tate

Stunning works👌🏾

'After the year we’ve had, work of this beauty and complexity glows like light at the end of the tunnel. It reminds us that art matters. It is paint as vaccine for the soul.' - Financial Times

Sistahintheraw
10/12/2020

Sistahintheraw

I have been collecting vintage postcards for over twenty years, something my now adult children will recall from family outings to country villages and coastal towns. I am so proud of my collection, the basis of which led me to, as a photographer, set up the first commercial Black picture library in the UK (Mckenzie Heritage) and informed the first published book I edited in 2004.

These ancestral images infuse the cultural heritage and food processes I have been exploring for a while now... As an award winning entrepreneur, a culinary arts graduate, an Interfaith Minister and raw food health educator, 2020 has intensified the integration of these life and work strands and it’s an exciting way to be moving into 2021 👌🏾💃🏾💚🥰🌿👸🏾📷🌞🍊🌺🙏🏾

#deltiology #rawfood #culture #heritage #mckenzieheritage #healingimage #foodie #gratititude #culinary #vintagepostcards

You cant turn back the tide!👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 This is taking a real stand and showing solidarity when Sainsbury's were subjected to...
27/11/2020
Major supermarkets staging prime-time ad break takeover in stand against racism

You cant turn back the tide!👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

This is taking a real stand and showing solidarity when Sainsbury's were subjected to racist abuse after airing a Xmas advertisement. All supermarkets are coming together to show they won't stand for racism and how they are making sure there organisations become anti-racist and between them showing true allyship.

Using Channel 4's platform, there xmas ad's will air tonight back to back around 8.15pm with a clear message standing against racism.

Great to see what these companies are doing to show how important it is to challenge the current status quo. #StandAgainstRacism

https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/supermarkets/major-supermarkets-staging-prime-time-ad-break-takeover-in-stand-against-racism/650766.article

Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, M&S, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose are working together after a Sainsbury's Christmas ad featuring a black family was met with racist comments on social media

German postcard
24/11/2020

German postcard

South African colonial postcard#vintagepostcard #postcard
24/11/2020

South African colonial postcard

#vintagepostcard #postcard

Celestine Edwards was born in Antigua. While scholars tend to agree that Edwards' birthday fell on 28 December. Celestin...
15/10/2020

Celestine Edwards was born in Antigua. While scholars tend to agree that Edwards' birthday fell on 28 December. Celestine Edwards, the youngest of nine children, at the age of 12 he became a sailor. During the next few years he developed radical opinions about politics and became a strong supporter of human rights.

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Mckenzie Heritage Pictures (and Picture Archive)

“If we stand tall it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors.” —African Proverb. At Mckenzie Heritage (MH) we dig images big time, thats what its all about. Preserving the past and celebrating the present through the visual. Started in 1996 by Anita J McKenzie, a photographer and image collector. It was the first of its kind, a Black-owned commercial picture library and archive, with a collection of historic and contemporary images in the form of engravings, lithographs, postcards, ephemera and photographs. The collection has been utilised by publishers across print, art, news and journalistic and other visual media industries. Supported with the expertise of a diverse advisory board, which included Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Len Garrison, William March, Conrad Taylor... In 2004 Mckenzie Heritage published ‘Contrasts, Textures and Hues – Exploring early printed images of people of African and Asian heritage’

This neat book features a collection of selected woodcuts, engravings and lithograph images depicting African and Indian heritage people which were circulated in western magazines and books of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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