Henri Lemasson

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First name: Henri

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Last name: Lemasson

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Henry Lemasson was a French Postal and Telecommunications civil servant who was sent to Tahiti in 1895 to become head of the Papeete Post Office from 1895 to 1904 and again from 1912-1920. He also was an amateur photographer whose photographs were chosen to illustrate the first series of stamps created by the French Oceanic Settlement. He met Paul Gauguin in 1895, photographing his hut in Punaauia and his sculptures and they made excursions together in the Tahitian countryside. He was in Tahiti on 22 September 1914 when the two German Navy ships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst bombarded Papeete and destroyed the Post office

Box 8 Item 17 – Hugh Venables Vernon miscellaneous papers, 1916-1919.
Handmade protection with steely look and stylish upper lip!

At first glance it is apparent that this garment would have been quite difficult to actually put on, due to the tight fit. Undoubtedly handcrafted by a loved one, it has been photographed in action by the  wearer, as intended. I particularly like the attention to detail on the moustache – possibly one of the few things that a man in his position had complete control over.

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