M.V. Dhurandhar

Artist-signed postcards by M.V. Dhurandhar (1867-1944), one of the premiere painters and illustrators around the turn of the century. Dhurandhar became the first Indian head of the J.J. School of Arts and where he was employed throughout his career. Most of these color postcards are from 1903-1904, were halftones and printed in Germany by an unknown publisher. Other cards from later in the decade and thereafter were published by Lakshmi Art Printing Press, and others often for advertising purposes by a variety of publishers in India and as far as Zanzibar.

1 Young Maid Servant

1 Young Maid Servant

The most interesting of his Dhurandhar's later postcards were printed by The Lakshmi Art Printing Press. The Press belonged to Dadasaheb Phalke (1870–1944), a businessman who once worked at the Ravi Varma Press and had been a student at the J.J.

Railway Porter

Railway Porter

Like the backs of many Dhurandhar cards, this one bears the blind stamp and price ["A.H.W. Rs. 0-1-0," e.g. 1 anna] of A.H. Wheeler & Co., at 47 Hornby Road, the bookstall chain and contractor for advertising on Indian Railways.

Punkha Boy

Punkha Boy

A key figure in the Raj was the punkha boy or man, who pulled the string that moved a fan in a bar or in the sleeping quarters to keep their employers cool.

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