A very early postcard of fakirs or sadhus, usually shown individually in close-up. Combridge & Co.
Few if any politicians were as popular as Bal Gangadhar Tilak, the Maharashtrian politician and freedom fighter who spent many years in jail. He was referred to by British authorities as "the father of Indian unrest."
A well-reserved "Lichtdruck" in German or "light-print" which offers the touch of a painted work for one anna.
[Original caption] The Crawford Market, Bombay. This is a famous new market, full of Western goods and local luxuries, and near the Bombay Yacht Club near the pier. [end]
Addressed to Mr. Charles A.
Before there were cars, there were carriages, and even these could benefit from pneumatic tyres which were inflated by air and led to more comfortable rides.
Combridge & Co. were among the earliest publishers of India postcards, a number of which they printed as cyanotypes, a blueish monochrome print popular around the turn of the century. This building still exists, but is now the Madras Club.
Kulri Bazaar, Mussoorie almost feels painterly in its alternating pattern light and soft dark fabrics. In the center, his back turned to us, but with no apparent import, is a British man wearing an infamous solar topee, the sartorial logo of the Raj.