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
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.
This is an intriguing postcard because the mosque's domes are actually golden, from which it derives its name. Here they are rendered as blue.
[Original caption] The Chettya are one of the trading castes of India whose mercantile activities take them far afield.
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 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.
[Original caption, Verso] “Watching the Pageant, Delhi. The great Delhi Durbar is known by means of the vernacular press to the inhabitants of the remotest parts of India.
A interesting very early lithographic card from Bombay by the little-known city artist/publisher W. Cooper, who seems to have specialized in the risque postcard (the same woman seems to be the model for A Trysting Place. Two things are particularly