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Coonoor

Coonoor

An unusual artist-signed postcard of All Saints Church in Coonoor, established in 1854. Very finely done, it is among the limited examples British amateur artist trying their hand at something often self-published on a postcard.

Darjeeling (Himalaya)

Darjeeling (Himalaya)

The postcard artist, who signed other cards in this India series published by an obscure Munich firm, was Johann Friedrich Perlberg (1848-1921). Son of a painter, he best known for his paintings of Egypt, Palestine and the Middle East, many of which

The Market, Kasauli

The Market, Kasauli

Kasauli is a cantonment hillstation not far from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. It was founded in 1842, with a small strip of a bazaar typical of other small towns, although here originally photographed with a dramatic and welcoming diagonal.

This card

Walker Hospital, Simla

Walker Hospital, Simla

Walker Hospital was opened in 1902, with 20 beds for Europeans and was meant to be self-supporting. This exemplary hospital for the time was based on a gift by a former resident of Simla, Sir James Walker. Patients paid Rs. 5 per day for their care.

Walker Hospital, Simla

Walker Hospital, Simla

[Original caption] Walker Hospital. The land upon which Simla stands was retained by the British Government as a sanatorium at the close of the Gourkha War in 1815, when most of the surrounding district was given or restored to various native States.

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