A beautiful embossed card showing exchange rates between Indian and European currencies, in those days usually stable for long periods of time.
R. Jalbhoy was a major Karachi photographer and postcard publisher at the turn of the century, who could often depict people and parts of the city that fell off the usual tourist or landmark circuit. Note the shoes on the sitters in this studio shot.
[Original caption] Devil Dancers, Calcutta. The Devil Dancer with his painted body, hideous mask, and fantastic head-dress is supposed to strike terror unto the beholder; as a rule he but succeeds in amusing him.
[Original caption] Pagodas by Moonlight. A group of pagodas in Mandalay by the brilliant light of a tropical moon. [end]
Edith Pinhey, married to a judge in Bombay, was an artist and one of the few women to have signed Tucks postcards of the
A quick glance at this postcard might make you think it is a European city, but it is actually a street in Mumbai with the Cathedral of the Holy Name, the seat of the Archbishop of Bombay. Opened in 1902, it was new around the time of this postcard.
[Original caption] Shantanu is trying to persuade Satyavati, the adopted daughter of a fisher, to marry him, & thus to satisfy his passionate desire. [end]
Kanpur, known as Cawnpore before 1948, is one of the larger cities in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Once mainly a cantonment town, and scene of much fighting in 1857, today it is an important industrial center.
Note how carefully this postcard has been hand-tinted, even the studio carpet adding a little depth.
In 1835, Robert Smith, a Military Engineer, constructed this building used for ammunition storage. It apparently still stands as a ruin, after the actual depot was blown up during the Uprising of 1857.