That’s my first post here. I came to this forum site in hope to find an archive of the Watchtower magazine including all the African editions. I’m currently a student in History and Religious Studies at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. I’m particularly interested in the History of the Jehova’s Witnesses in Africa.
I have learned that there are different versions of the magazine “Watchtower”, regarding the visual appearance for different cultural backgrounds, because people all over the world are reached by the magazine.
For a small research project, I would like to do a visual analysis of the African version of the Watchtower from the oldest editions up to the year 2016. My research question would be how the Jehova’s Witnesses adapt the Watchtower to different cultural backgrounds through visual communication.
However, I was unable to find editions of the African version of the Watchtower backdating prior to 2011. (On jw.org you can find the Watchtower editions backdating to 2011, but not before. A watchtower archive I stumbled upon on CD includes all the Watchtowers ever printed, but only text, no pictures.) The small span of 2011-2016 is unfortunately not large enough to prevent enough information for a thorough visual analysis.
Therefore, I come to my question: Does anyone know where to find digitalized issues of the African version of the Watchtower prior to 2011? Or do you have any idea where to find an archive of physical examples?
Thanks a lot in advance for your much appreciated answers!