A unusual advertising postcard for one of Karachi's premiere merchants at the turn of the century. As the commercial directory Seaports of India Ceylon (Allister Macmillan, 1908) put it for the first firm in their "Commercial Karachi" section, "There
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
[Original caption] The Royal Bombay Yacht Club. One of the most exclusive clubs in the East, patronized only by the most prominent citizens. [end]
Founded in 1864, this still extremely exclusive club survives in a building next to this one,
Sometimes postcards were journalism, in this case a real-time view of the deadliest earthquake in British India, which killed somewhere between 30,000 and 60,000 people in the capital of Balochistan on May 23, 1935. Butani was a military photographer
An exceptionally rare postcard that makes one wonder how large a market there would have been for these well-fed gentlemen, and whether they were all really bishops – though this seems likely as there are currently 13 bishops in Myanmar.
A beautiful postcard from archaeological photographer Jadu Kissen, who had an office in Srinagar or may have worked for The Archaeological Survey of India in Kashmir at some point.
[Original caption] Hindu Temple (Monkey Temple). Kalbadevi Road, Bombay. The famous temple showing very fine architecture. [end]
An early advertising postcard for the Hall Line, which was bought by the larger Ellerman Lines in 1903 (the firm lasted under this name until 2004). Note how nicely a traditional boat and fisherman populate the foreground, a sailing boat in the
An unusual postcard featuring Krishna's sacred dance with the gopis. This card was sent to a Miss Bourn, 8 Union Lane, High Street, Strafford, London E 15 from Sergeant Bourn, Rangoon, Burma:
"Dear May Just a line hoping all are well, sorry I have no