A beautiful embossed card showing exchange rates between Indian and European currencies, in those days usually stable for long periods of time.
R. Jalbhoy was a major Karachi photographer and postcard publisher at the turn of the century, who could often depict people and parts of the city that fell off the usual tourist or landmark circuit. Note the shoes on the sitters in this studio shot.
It is hard to overestimate the importance of the telegraph, introduced in 1840 to the Raj, as this grand edifice dedicated to the new medium and constructed in the 1870s suggests.
In the book Carl Hagenbeck's Empire of Entertainments by Eric Ames (2008) he describes the importance of this exotic showman and his family who helped turn "India" into a touring spectacle following an 1898 exhibition in Berlin, even if most of the
Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, owes its name to the combination of two Tibetan words namely 'Kanchen' and 'Dzonga' that refers to 'Five Treasures of the Great Snow'. Five summits adorn Kanchenjunga (Kinchunjunga). From
This ghat was one of the most common photographic and postcard images, and renamed in 2012 as Chotulal's Ghat. It apparently dates back to the 18th century.
A "Greetings from India" postcard composed of many images, each of which were also separate postcards, within stenciled letters. On the back the owner wrote "What do you think of the square tacks?"
"Another sign of the transition from the wet to the dry season was to be seen in the immense number of jute-stem stacks standing on every field and lawn," wrote Nirad Chaudhry in his Autobiography of an Unknown Indian. "After the bark which yields
"After the merciless grind of a rough day," wrote the Sindhi writer and nationalist Ibrahim Joyo (1915-2017) in his short story In the Name of Allah, "how soothing it is to feel the balmy breeze in Karachi's Burns Gardens, especially on a fresh