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Jumma Masjid Bombay

Jumma Masjid Bombay

Another exuberant, deftly rendered very early postcard by Paul Gerhardt, chief lithographer at the Ravi Varma Press in Bombay. Note the simply drawn mosque minarets, the colors that pull you in while the cart pushes out into the foreground space.

Birth of Shakuntala

Birth of Shakuntala

Vishvamitra was a revered sage in ancient India; this postcard from one of Ravi Varma's most famous paintings shows how he rejects knowledge of his child by turning away and hiding his gaze with a dramatic gesture.

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Golden Temple, Umritsar

Golden Temple, Umritsar

This postcard is probably among the earliest of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, given the undivided back, and Clifton's role as one of the earliest all-India postcard publishers. It is probably from a 19th century albumen print.

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Lahore, Zamzama Gun

Lahore, Zamzama Gun

The gun in front of Lahore Museum that was made famous in Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim which begins "He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam-Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Aijab Ghar–the Wonder House, as the natives

A Parsee Lady

A Parsee Lady

Parsis in India originally came from Iran (Persia), and Parsi ladies were among the first Indian women to have had an active public life, no doubt helped by a high literacy rate in the community (there is a postcard or letter in the woman's hand).

Water Carrier

Water Carrier

The bhistee or water carrier was a critical support to urban life before running water became widespread and reliable, and is one of the most frequent postcard subjects.

Mayo College

Mayo College

Mayo College in Ajmer, Rajasthan, which bills itself as the best boys boarding school in India, was founded in 1875 by the the 6th Earl of Mayo who was also the Viceroy of India from 1869 until 1872, when he was assassinated by a convict on the

Bombay View

Bombay View

Bombay is the anglicized name of the original Portuguese word "Bombaim." Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of the state of Maharashtra.

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