One of the earliest, if not the earliest postcard to the Taj Mahal.
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.
[Original caption, Verso] Shah Jehan - Famed for his Peacock Throne, blazing in the shifting natural colors of rubies, sapphires and emeralds; valued by Tavernier at $32,500,000. But the Emperor is now more famous as the Builder of the Taj, that
India Tea Growers advertising postcard. [Verso] Postmarked St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 1, 1910 and sent to Mrs. W.M. Trane, Trowbridge, Ill. [Illinois, USA]
[Original caption, Verso] Mumtaz-I-Mahal-"the Exalted One of the Palace"-Empress of the Great