Market day in Leopoldville, Belgian Congo, - and a time for stocking up with farm produce, special delicacies - and of course the sought-after bargains.
TGV. Market place.
SV. Woman placing smoked fish for sale on ground.
CU. Smoked fish.
SV. Woman buys material in market.
STV. Live chickens for sale
SV. Woman with long sack on head.
LV.PAN.Two young women in western style dresses in market.
SCU. Monkey heads for sale.
CU. Monkey shoulders and arms for sale.
STV. Woman carries shopping in bowl on head.
SV. Woman with wares on pavement.
CU. Caterpillars for sale.
STV. Woman buying from market trader.
LV. Woman with shopping on head.
SV. Trader displays wares.
STV.PAN.Woman with shopping on head.
SV.PAN.Woman in Western dress shopping.
TV. Police jeep backs into market.
SV. Women buying in market.
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Background: Market day in Leopoldville, Belgian Congo, - and a time for stocking up with farm produce, special delicacies - and of course the sought-after bargains.
For the womenfolk it is the week's big occasion. From the surrounding villages, native women, dressed in colourful flowing dress, their babies slung on their backs jostle side by side with their city sisters, smart in Western-style clothes.
And above the chatter and noise, the inevitable bartering, without which no market is complete.
Thronging in their hundreds around the stalls, the women find a choice of m any foodstuffs. Some rare and therefore expensive include Negro specialities...smoked fish from the Congo River...roasted flies...smoked monkey heads and shoulders. These bring high prices but are extremely popular. Natives love to eat the flies, and other small insects, dried, roasted or smoked.
When at last, their shopping bags are crammed with vegetables and cooking materials, the women make their heavily-laden journey home.