A rare postcard of the man who founded the RSS, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, an Indian nationalistic, right-wing Hindu organization that continues to play a prominent role in Indian politics, in 1925 in Nagpur following his disillusionment with
Women are often shown as dancers, rarely this elderly as beggars on postcards. This photograph was likely taken in a studio, with the woman sitting on a stone which might be covered with animal skins.
A rare visit by the Prince of Wales to the edges of Empire; note the car in the foreground and mid-ground. Edward VIII later gained notoriety for abdicating in 1936 after choosing to marry a divorced America woman, Wallis Simpson.
A rich bazaar view by a little known publisher once based in Peshawar whose wide variety of postcards of Punjab and NWFP is possibly unrivaled in the region during the early 20th century. Moorli Dhur & Sons of Amballa, and H.A.
The great Hindi/Urdu writer Munshi Premchand describes, from the point-of-view of Suman, the heroine of his first novel Sevasadan, the complex view she has of Bholi, a courtesan living across the street from her:
"Suman had never met any courtesans,
Kamaladevi Chattopadhaya was born into an intellectual family in Mangalore on the west coast of India.
A clever advertising postcard from what what Bombay's leading bookseller and major postcard publisher at the turn of the century.