Sometimes also called "Sleeping Hindoo Woman" this postcard was about as risque as they got and was labelled "India circulation" in an album of Gobindram Oodeyram postcards put together by one S.
One day was often fixed each week or fortnight for washing a complete household's clothes. The concept of a washing day is said to have reflected a family's social status.
"Persian" is likely a misnomer; the traditional waterwheel method of lifting water probably came from the area and went to Persia and came back centuries later under a new name.
This was a common shot across publishers, usually shot in Bengal, with cows, dwellings, dung patties, a [broken] cart wheel and interestingly in this case, no people. Devare & Co.
[Original caption] Amritsar is an important commercial city, capital of the province of the same name in the Punjab.
Now MG or Mahatma Gandhi road, in a beautiful embossed Tuck's postcard.
[Original caption] South Parade. Bangalore is the capital of Mysore and the largest British cantonment in South India.
Moorli Dhur & Sons dominated postcard publishing in the Punjab after the turn of the century, with numerous series and views of cities all over northern India.
From a painting by Mortimer Menpes, a prominent Australian painter settled in England, this postcard was used in part to advertise the book India by Flora A.