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Bombay Beauties

Bombay Beauties

This postcard actually shows a young Gohar Jan (right) and her mother Malka Jan, both famous dancers and singers. Gohar Jan was the first recorded Indian artist, by the Gramophone company in 1904. She can be heard on YouTube.

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Wood-house Road, Bombay

Wood-house Road, Bombay

A quick glance at this postcard might make you think it is a European city, but it is actually a street in Mumbai with the Cathedral of the Holy Name, the seat of the Archbishop of Bombay. Opened in 1902, it was new around the time of this postcard.

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.

Damayanti

Damayanti

[Original caption] Damayanti is creeping stealthily to catch the golden Hansa. [end]

In the Mahabharata Hansa, the swan, extolls the virtues of King Nala to her and says "If the peerless wed the peerless—blessed must the union be," in one of the

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