The South African War: Source 5a

Look at Source 5a.

Original caption: ‘Photograph: Two boys selling papers: Relief of Mafeking’. Catalogue ref: COPY 1/446/320

This photograph was registered by a photographer on the 18th May 1900 who lived in Chelmsford, Essex.

  • How can we tell that photograph has be staged?
  • Why do you think this photograph was taken?
  • Does it reveal anything about the public reaction to the relief of Mafeking?
  • How useful is this to historians of the South African War?