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Barber at Work

Barber at Work

A fine example of hand-tinting and documentation on a postcard. Note how the barber's entire work kit is proudly displayed at the bottom of the image, all of which fits into a leather satchel.

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal

"Kodaikanal (Kody), though not so quite fashionable as Ooty," wrote Eustace Reynolds Hall in The Tourist's India (1907) "is rapidly coming into favour.

A Morning Obligato

A Morning Obligato

A very early postcard printed in India (postmarked Dec. 1902 in one instance) by the lithographer W. Cooper. The chance discovery of another photographic postcard shows how a scene like this was composed.

Bear-Leader (Darweshi)

Bear-Leader (Darweshi)

A very early lithographed card by Paul Gerhardt, who ran the lithographic printers at the Ravi Varma Press.

Sent to Miss Ettoi Virmillion, 52 West & South, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, via San Francisco: [Recto] "Bombay 22 March 1905. Very bare. Will"

Table Boy

Table Boy

From an unusual lithographic series, a marvelous rendition of a type still very active throughout the subcontinent and restaurants abroad.

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