An early advertising card for the West End Watch Co. in Bombay (373 Hornby Road) and Calcutta (14 Dalhousie Square), produced by a famous Swiss printing house.
A very early India-printed postcard signed by the chief lithographer at the Ravi Varma Press, Paul Gerhardt. Gerhardt was probably aware of Ravi Varma's prize-winning painting that year, Water Bearer, and we know from Raja Varma's diaries - the great
The Sri Lankan tea industry grew from 250 acres under cultivation in 1876 to almost 400,000 acres in 1900.8 Some 150 million tonnes of tea were produced in 1900 worth 50 million rupees, half of Ceylon’s total exports.
This card is from a series of 6 postcards by the unknown painter E.E. probably self-published around 1910. It is of unusual size, and came in a nice envelope with the imprinted title Six Artistic Views of Kashmir. Many British residents had some
An rare French postcard of Benares [Varanasi], featuring fakirs debating and listening with the ghats in the background.
This postcard by the French artist Emile Dupuis honoured the Indian soldiers who fought with the Allies in in what is better known as the First Battle of Ypres in Belgium, an early World War I battleground where some 160,000 German soldiers died.
A magnificent postcard by the Australian painter Mortimer Menpes (1860-1938), based on a visit to India he made for the 1903 Darbar. An ageing warrior is given life by dazzling colors.
The postcard artist, who signed other cards in this India series published by an obscure Munich firm, was Johann Friedrich Perlberg (1848-1921). Son of a painter, he best known for his paintings of Egypt, Palestine and the Middle East, many of which
Many of the earliest postcards were actually advertising cards, given the expense of producing lithographic cards like this French view of a 17th century Nawab and son. The woman in the back holds a nautch girl's pose.