Technically an informational postcard, this sumptuous lithograph nonetheless expresses the confusion in Europe about Asia: the design elements around the view of the Kailash Temple in Ellora are Chinese, and the French text locates it a few hundred
While an exchange of written messages has been part of history for a long time, the concept of a regular postal service seems to have arisen in Europe during the 15th century when French students were requesting so many goods, a regular service was
An early real photo postcard where the deterioration of the chemicals on the margins contributes to the preciousness of the scene, said to be the view the imprisoned Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan enjoyed from Agra Fort of the tomb he had built for his
[Verso] In Commemoration of the Visit of the German Crown Prince to East Asia 1910-1911 [end]. A spectacular postcard published in honor of the German Crown Prince Ferdinand's visit to India.
[Original caption] In Commemoration of the Visit of the German Crown Prince to East Asia 1910-1911 [back]
The reverse of the spectacular postcard commemorating the visit of Crown Prince Ferdinand to India. Note the Kolkata postmark.
About 130,000 Indian troops served in France during World War I, and about 9,000 died. These soldiers were revered in France for helping to liberate the country from the Germans.
A portrait of the man who made the postcard revolution possible. While the original for this may have been a photograph of an actual postman, the broad strokes make it possible that a painted portrait was used as the source.
The "father of Indian industry." Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata (1839-1904) was born in Gujarat and graduated from Elphinstone College in Mumbai in 1858. He founded and sold a successful trading firm, and then built a successful cotton mill that since
This unusual real photo postcard seems to show recruiting in Jhelum, a key Punjabi district where British Indian soldiers were signed up for service in World War I.