"From its opening day," writes Thomas R. Metcalf in An Imperial Vision Indian Architecture and the British Raj, "the building was praised as a 'successful adaptation of the Indo-Saracenic style to a modern public building. For the Journal of Indian
A real-photo postcard, made from a painting and printed in Germany, then exquisitely hand-tinted in India.
The Alauddin Gate of Delhi is known as Alai Darwaza
[Original caption] Built by Alaudin Khilji in 1310 A.D. [end]
Alai Darwaza is said to be among the first buildings in India to be based on Central Asian and Muslim design principles.
[Verso] "Dear Mabel I wrote you a letter and I didn't know Moands [sp?] address properly I hope you received it alright. Edgar"
Probably the earliest Tuck's postcard of the Taj Mahal, from a Bourne & Shepherd photograph, before writing was allowed on the back.
A real-photo postcard printed the wrong way around. By the late teens it was becoming more common for publishers to print postcards on photographic paper the size and with the backing of postcards; this was possibly commissioned by Ahmed Din.
Mirza Ali Khan (1901-1960) was a Waziri tribal leader who fought a number of campaigns against the British in the 1930s and 1940s, and later against Pakistan as well in support of an independent Pashtunistan.
Missionaries were prolific early publishers of postcards in India, using them for fundraising and general propagation of their work and activities.
Presented by the Women of Bombay Presidency, this postcard was used to raise funds and support the British and Indian troops fighting in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) against Turkish forces in World War I.