An exceptional painterly, abstract postcard. Note the ladder at the top.
Postmarked May 16, 1906 in Conoor and addressed to H.E. Preisner Esqr., Gottville [sp?], Siskiyou County, California. "Dear Papa, This is a view of the little town we are staying at for a month, we live further up the mountains it is a grand place.
Army barracks crowned by the Himalayan mountains. Dalhousie is a hillstation in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh founded in 1854 the by the original British colonists of India, the East India Company.
Postcards celebrated infrastructure that made a real difference to residents, in this case a water pipeline critical to the growth and population of the Punjabi hillstation of Murree in the early 20th century.
The pipeline track is also called the
One of the most common postcards from the Darjeeling area. The double loop offers a magnificent view of Darjeeling and Mount Everest. The toy train of Darjeeling is a major draw for tourists and connects Darjeeling to Siliguri in North Bengal.
"Kodaikanal (Kody), though not so quite fashionable as Ooty," wrote Eustace Reynolds Hall in The Tourist's India (1907) "is rapidly coming into favour.
Clifton's later postcards, especially his candid photographs in the bazaars of Mussoorie, are among his most interesting. There is a blur to man on the right, suggesting this came from a longer-exposure albumen photograph.
A geographically instructive postcard, which helps the traveler locate themselves on the way to Mussoorie, almost 40 kilometers from the railway station. The famous "Camels Back" hump is also pointed out. The steam on the railway engine looks real.
"Cattle borwsed homewards to small hidden hamlets in the valleys, all grew softer and greyer till it was quite dark and the lights came out where she had not thought there was any habitation at all – single lamps here and there in Kasauli, pinpricks