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Ceylon

Ceylon

A Singer Manufacturing Co. advertising card made in connection with the World Columbia Exhibition in 1893.

[Verso, Original caption] “There is a picturesque island in the Indian Ocean, separated from Peninsular India by the Gulf of Manaar.

The Bhistie

The Bhistie

A contemporary artist's rendering of one of the most popular postcard subjects, the all important "bhistie" who brought water in an animal skin to the thirsty.

The Bazaar, Leh

The Bazaar, Leh

Probably one of the earliest if not the earliest postcard of Leh, capital of the former Kingdom of Ladakh. Little is known about R. E. Shorter, a photographer with offices in Sialkot, Punjab, on the route to Kashmir, and Kashmir.

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

A portrait of Tagore published three years after his death. In Krishna Dutta and Andrew Robinson's excellent biography of this great man (Bloomsbury, 1995), there appears this translation of this poignant poem:

Karma (The Worker), 1896

No sign of my

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