1900-1909

Bombay

Bombay

Stretching from Chowpatty Beach to Nariman Point, Marine Drive (also "Back Bay" and "Queen's Necklace") is one of the most famous views in Mumbai (Bombay). This shows the nearly 4 kilometer strand before the famous art deco buildings went up in the

Shoe Maker

Shoe Maker

This is a hand-painted postcard from around 1905, rather rare in India compared to, say, China where at the time numerous hand-painted postcards were being sent abroad.

Bombay Police

Bombay Police

A rare lithograph from 1907 or beyond. Note the British policeman in side profile, the local constable saluting him. They are nearly the same height. The background reveals itself to be a cutout of the city, the policeman's terrain.

A Mountebank

A Mountebank

A curious case of an Italian word finding itself stamped upon a postcard of a characteristic type in India (the fakir, in this case a mendacious one). Mountebank is an old word for a charlatan, or salesman of quack medicines.

Hindoo Ayahs

Hindoo Ayahs

An early court-sized card made from an albumen photograph with the studio inscribed in the glass negative at the bottom.

Hobson-Jobson defines "AYAH, s. A native lady's-maid or nurse-maid.

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