An embossed frame sets off a rare early postcard of what is presumably the famous Pushkar fair, with the colonial perspective of a onetime owner scrawled across the top: "Does not look much like our Cattle Shows."
[Original] A Caravan on Its Way to Peshawar from Afghanistan in the Caravan Serai Landikotal N.W.F.P. [end]
Postcards like this illustrate how enormous the trade through the Khyber Pass once was. The Peshawar District Gazetteer 1897-98 put the value
A nice representation of water being extracted and transported by human and animal labor throughout a village.
Note the diagonal leading the eye into a rich scene, the figures in the corners of the frame, the tethered cow on the left, the pots in the coals, the vibrancy of this human space under a hoisted banner.
"It was curious, for example, to hear us spoken of as ‘the Monkey People’," wrote longtime Punjab I.C.S. Officer Sir Malcolm Darling in his memoir. He continued:
"Nor was it altogether palatable to be told by a highly educated Brahmin—‘you (that is,
A hand painted postcard of a favorite sport for Indian Maharajahs, British colonial officials and well-heeled tourists.
[Original caption] Street Scene. The city of Jeypore, situated 850 miles north-west of Calcutta, is handsomely and regularly built, and is the most important centre of Rajputana.
A most unusual postcard of a colonial family's two beloved creatures, carefully composed together in the studio, ready for the girl's family to send to relatives.