The Taj Hotel was built to realize Jamsetji N. Tata's dream of a fine hotel to reflect the ascendancy of Bombay's own mercantile class.
One of the earliest postcards of a Kashmiri nautch girl, this was mailed from Chenna (Madras) on Sept. 17, 1903 to Miss Olive McMillan, St. Augustine's, Cliftonville, Margate, England: "With many Salaams from Mother."
See Clifton & Co.'s version of
[Original caption] Devil Dancers, Calcutta. The Devil Dancer with his painted body, hideous mask, and fantastic head-dress is supposed to strike terror unto the beholder; as a rule he but succeeds in amusing him.
[Original caption] Pagodas by Moonlight. A group of pagodas in Mandalay by the brilliant light of a tropical moon. [end]
Edith Pinhey, married to a judge in Bombay, was an artist and one of the few women to have signed Tucks postcards of the
A quick glance at this postcard might make you think it is a European city, but it is actually a street in Mumbai with the Cathedral of the Holy Name, the seat of the Archbishop of Bombay. Opened in 1902, it was new around the time of this postcard.
[Original caption] Shantanu is trying to persuade Satyavati, the adopted daughter of a fisher, to marry him, & thus to satisfy his passionate desire. [end]
Kanpur, known as Cawnpore before 1948, is one of the larger cities in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Once mainly a cantonment town, and scene of much fighting in 1857, today it is an important industrial center.
Note how carefully this postcard has been hand-tinted, even the studio carpet adding a little depth.
In 1835, Robert Smith, a Military Engineer, constructed this building used for ammunition storage. It apparently still stands as a ruin, after the actual depot was blown up during the Uprising of 1857.