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[Rajah on Carpet]

[Rajah on Carpet]

A hand painted postcard that – if it was also purchased in Ahmedabad, from where it was sent – suggests that these rare postcards relative to the mass-printed ones were also available outside of Bombay. Postmarked 30 November 1908 and sent to Mr.

Calcutta

Calcutta

Kalighat - Burning Ghat - Nautch Girl - Kali
One of the earliest "Greetings from Calcutta" postcards, by the German or Austrian photographer Werner Roessler who was based in the city and had the lithographic card printed in Austria from his

Rajkot City Gate

Rajkot City Gate

An unusual lithographic card of a rarely postcarded city, one where Gandhi spent his early years in school. Rajkot is now the 4th largest city in Gujarat with a population approaching 2 million.

A Group of Schoolgirls

A Group of Schoolgirls

A wonderfully hand-tinted postcard by Spencer & Co., with its signature red used with great balance across the girl's clothing. The jewelry makes one wonder whether some of them are really school girls.

Postmarked Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2/11/1907 and sent

Indian Girls

Indian Girls

An early postcard by R. Jalbhoy, a Karachi photographer who established his practice around 1890 and later would become a reputable dealer for Kodak and various European photographic goods on Elphinstone Street.

A Marwari Woman

A Marwari Woman

A classic Dhurandhar portrait. The growing metropolis of Bombay with its modern buildings form the backdrop to a fully formed character, in traditional dress, with a quizzical expression on her face. Does she understand what is happening around her?

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