[Original caption] Mylapore Tank. Madras is built in a straggling fashion along the seashore. Most of the roads run between avenues and are flanked by groves of palms and other trees.
An early advertising postcard that makes you wonder if it is really India that is being shown, or perhaps an Arab scene?
The Indian Councils Act of 1861 was the foundation for the Indian Police Service, one whose fine exemplars was this Calcutta Policeman, which the emblem on his belt so proudly proclaims. His instrument of choice is the lathi, from the Bengali word
[Verso] In Commemoration of the Visit of the German Crown Prince to East Asia 1910-1911 [end]. A spectacular postcard published in honor of the German Crown Prince Ferdinand's visit to India.
[Original caption] In Commemoration of the Visit of the German Crown Prince to East Asia 1910-1911 [back]
The reverse of the spectacular postcard commemorating the visit of Crown Prince Ferdinand to India. Note the Kolkata postmark.
About 130,000 Indian troops served in France during World War I, and about 9,000 died. These soldiers were revered in France for helping to liberate the country from the Germans.
An early postcard and theme of Bombay artists, the fisher woman, with a basket of fish on her head. A fishing vessel is in the background, its mast at an angle which adds energy to her pose.
La Martiniere College initially consisted of a splendid eighteenth century residence, to which other structures have been added over the years.
A portrait of the man who made the postcard revolution possible. While the original for this may have been a photograph of an actual postman, the broad strokes make it possible that a painted portrait was used as the source.