Haile Selassie

Haile Selassie

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An original vintage photocard, clearly signed and dated in ink by Haile Selassie May 1941

An extremely rare and desirable autograph especially from this period and on an image / photograph of this size and type


From the family collection of RJA. This photograph was in a photo-album scrapbook belonging to Joan B A who was employed by the Joint Planning Committee and given the job of running the Secret Intelligence Centre by Winston Churchill during WW2. This was in fact a single room in the Cabinet War Rooms. Subsequently, she became personal assistant to General Sir Hastings Ismay. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Haile Selassie spent his exile years (1936-1941) in England. On May 5th 1941, he entered Addis Ababa and personally addressed the Ethiopian people, five years to the day since his 1936 exile : "Today is the day on which we defeated our enemy ......"  




28x23cm Photocard


Average-Good. Top & bottom borders of the photo have been very slightly cut. Probably so it could fit onto the backing board of the photo scrapbook item it is glued to and was originally mounted into (See Images of the reverse). Minor ageing and dings, no creases. Overall condition 8/10. Signature contrast / clarity 7.5/10 


About Haile Selassie

Haile Selassie

HAILE SELASSIE d1975. Emperor of Ethiopia between 1930 and 1974. He had been Regent Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia from 1916. He is a defining figure in modern Ethiopian history and a member of the Solominic dynasty who traced his lineage to Emperor Menelik I. He attempted to modernize the country through a series of political and social reforms, including the introduction of Ethiopia's first written constitution and the abolition of slavery. He led the failed efforts to defend Ethiopia during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War and spent the period of Italian occupation in exile in England. He returned to lead Ethiopia in 1941 after the British Empire defeated the Italian occupiers in the East African campaign. He dissolved the Federation of Ethiopia and Eritrea which was established by the UN General Assembly in 1950 and integrated Eritrea as a province of Ethiopia while fighting to prevent their independence. His internationalist views led to Ethiopia becoming a charter member of the United Nations. In 1963, he presided over the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor of the African Union and served as its first chairman. He was overthrown in a military coup following the 1973 famine in Ethiopia and died aged 83 in Addis Ababa on August 27th 1975. Among some members of the Rastafari movement (which was founded in Ethiopia) and later adapted into Jamaica in the 1930s and whose followers are now estimated to number between 700,000 and One million, Haile Selassie is referred to as the returned messiah of the Bible, God incarnate


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