Were Indians allowed on the Mall in Shimla?
Almost invisible in this painted scene are the two men near the center, half-hidden markers of scale, secret rewards for the perceptive postcard viewer.
Raaja Bhasin, in his Simla The Summer Capital of British India (2011) has a nice quote about Shimla during the Raj and afterwards: "With this detached atmosphere from the rest of India, it is no wonder that the blame for the disasters of the Afghan
A gold-framed, oval embossed postcard by a prolific publisher was part of the many types of postcards used by publishers to keep the market satisfied with new fashions and types.
According to Murrays Handbook for India Burma & Ceylon "At 11 m.
A painted postcard of Simla, published by the local branch of one of the Raj's major retailers based in Kolkata.
"There is possibly no name connected with Simla which to thousands of Anglo-Indians, past and present, can revive more memories of a pleasant nature than that of Annandale." writes Edward Buck, the longtime resident and master chronicler of the
Postcards were an important advertising tool for hotels from the mid-1890s, when Alpine hotels in Austria, Germany and Switzerland helped to popularize the medium.