A slightly oversize postcard, priced at 3 annas, "all proceeds go to the Indian Red Cross and St. John's Ambulance," supporting British Indian troops in World War II. This was specifically sponsored by the Maharawal of Choota Udaipur in Gujarat.
Hand-made postcards are rare, especially made by British. In this case, the make got his hands on an undivided back blank postcard, more common at the turn of the century.
Mahatma Gandhi, the father of Indian Independence, from a series celebrating heroes of the struggle.
[Recto, Translated from Gujarati] “Mahatma Gandhi started a novel non- violence war.
A portrait of Tagore published three years after his death. In Krishna Dutta and Andrew Robinson's excellent biography of this great man (Bloomsbury, 1995), there appears this translation of this poignant poem:
Karma (The Worker), 1896
No sign of my
Merton Lacey was an Anglo-Indian comic book artist and animator, based in Kolkata and born in Purulia, India in 1902. This card has a 1945 calendar on the back, and shows troops in the country as part of the Allied effort against the Japanese.
The Howrah Bridge was constructed between 1936 and 1942. It replaced the Floating Pontoon Bridge that connected Howrah and Kolkata (then Calcutta). The Howrah Bridge was opened to public in February 1943. The Howrah Bridge was renamed as Rabindra
Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964) was the first Prime Minister of India and one of the primary leaders of India's Independence struggle and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi.
[Original caption] An inhabitant of North-West India unsurpassed as a hill fighter. Although Mahomedans, the Pathans rebelled against the Mogul Emperors round about the sixteenth century and were in consequence forced to keep to the hills. [end]
Jai Hind - Hail India - was the slogan for the Indian National Freedom Movement.
[Original Caption] We bow down with all humility before our Mother India.