Itinerant workers, cobblers can repair all sorts of things. Note the sophisticated lithographic printing of this image, which some early Clifton & Co.
Mumbai grew from the 1860s through the 1890s largely because of the international cotton trade, which went from exporting cotton to textile manufacturing mills dotting the city.
A nice representation of water being extracted and transported by human and animal labor throughout a village.
Early postcards from the Malabar coast seem to be relatively rare. In the message below, "Dusk" seems to be a dog.
[Verso] "6-5-20. Aren't they smartly pretty? I expect Dusk would like to bite this calf don't you?
A nice representation of a small portion of the human labor – a dozen people here – that went into the preparation and production of a commodity like tea.
One of the most ancient of occupations, showing in the background what must be the larger human ecosystem that depends on the potter's labor.
A storybook shot by Fred Bremner, six people poised in performance, reminding us how much children and women's labor keeps the farm going.
Among the more interesting postcards are those showing Indians abroad, in this case serving as police officers in Hong Kong, then also a British possession.