An interesting postcard from many angles. It is an early advertising card for a cinema in Pune, part of a series published by the proprietor A.C.
Nestle, founded in 1867, claims on its website that its relationship with India started in 1912. Cards like this from approximately 1900 are evidence that the roots of this relationship extend back earlier.
Before there were cars, there were carriages, and even these could benefit from pneumatic tyres which were inflated by air and led to more comfortable rides.
An American card distills the perfect poise between East and West that a sophisticated advertising card can contain. The 1906 card by a rubber manufacturer shows rubber shoes facing off with Mughal footwear. In the distance is a palace.
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.
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.