Haile Selasie at a reception, c 1938
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of Emperor Haile Selasie I (1892-1975) of Ethiopia at a reception, taken by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald newspaper in about 1938. Expelled from his country by the Italian invasion of 1935, Haile Selasie went into exile in Britain. He returned to his throne, with British help, in 1940. Selasie attempted to modernise his country, abolishing slavery and isuing a written constitution. Outside his country he was regarded by followers as a holy figure, inspiring the Rastafarian religion. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.