A beautiful real photo postcard given the dark curtain between the trees. After 1947 it was renamed Karachi Zoological and Botanical Gardens; it had been called Gandhi Gardens in honor of a visit by Mahatma Gandhi in 1934.
A nicely-framed postcard with the jali [or jaali, a stone carved lattice screen] dominating the image.
Knife grinders are a vanishing craft. Doing this at home before electric knife sharpeners was difficult. Knife grinders would take their sharpening wheels from door to door and take care of the problem.
An earlier postcard view, before divided backs
One can see the rapid transformation of the postcard from a time when messages where only allowed on the front, as in this card.
A lithographic portrait, which by this time had become a lesser used printing process for postcards.
A beautifully colored lithographic postcard, with two stamps carefully positioned on the front and postmarked 26th November 1919.
One of the many – to Indians, curious – new professions that sprouted in the growing city of Bombay at the turn of the century.
There are very few Dutch postcards, let alone early ones, of India, but this is a splendid exception.
A lovely character sketch by the artist M.V. Dhurandhar of a carriage driver in turn of the century Bombay.