Timber was mostly used as a building material and for making furniture. Power tools and machines are available to make life easier for carpenters today, but a century ago, specialized workmen plying their trade were a popular postcard theme.
A drawing by the painter M.V. Dhurandhar that animates the meaning of "syce" as having to do with "coaxing." It was defined by Hobson-Jobson (1906): "SYCE (p. 885) SYCE , s. Hind. from Ar. sāïs. A groom.
An early postcard by the French branch of the premiere Zurich, Switzerland-based publisher Kunzli Freres. The firm's postcard series celebrating mail delivery around the world (see the Kashmir post) are among the most beautiful lithographic
A contemporary artist's rendering of one of the most popular postcard subjects, the all important "bhistie" who brought water in an animal skin to the thirsty.
Few if any politicians were as popular as Bal Gangadhar Tilak, the Maharashtrian politician and freedom fighter who spent many years in jail. He was referred to by British authorities as "the father of Indian unrest."
One of the more puzzling things in Raj postcard history is the lack of postcards from what is now Bangladesh; East Bengal and Dhaka in particular seem to have been far less covered by the new medium at the turn of the century than the rest of the
It was not just European and American tourists who came to India; this unusual postcard shows a Japanese traveler on a camel with the guide helpfully holding up a Japanese flag. The camel bags still have English names on them though.
It is surprising how many brand's have survived since the turn of the century, Colman's Mustard of Norwich in the UK being part of a group that includes Lipton's, Nestle and Singer.
A nicely composed postcard showing the progression in the size of ocean-going vessels, from the small boat in the foreground, to the larger ship on right, and even larger ship in the distance on the left.