Sometimes postcards were journalism, in this case a real-time view of the deadliest earthquake in British India, which killed somewhere between 30,000 and 60,000 people in the capital of Balochistan on May 23, 1935. Butani was a military photographer
One of the nice things about early postcards like this one of the main street (now known as Jinnah Road) in Quetta, Balochistan are the businesses and names that they reveal. In this case, two stores down from U.N.
Hanna Pass is about 6 miles from the city of Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, next to Hanna Lake.
The Staff College for the British Indian army was moved here in 1907 and became the main senior training center until Partition; since then it is the Pakistan army's main educational facility.
Sandeman Memorial Hall in the background was built expressly to bring together Balochistan's various tribal leaders to negotiate and settle disputes between themselves and the British Indian government.
This odd twist of phrase was used by another firm in Quetta, Fred Bremner, on a postcard which he titled "A Human Nest," (Pathan Woman & Child). This suggests that putting Balochistan's residents on the margins of the human race was not uncommon.
The Residency, called "one of the prettiest official residencies in India" by the Imperial Gazetteer of India (1908) was where the British Chief Commissioner of British Baluchistan lived.