An early advertising postcard that makes you wonder if it is really India that is being shown, or perhaps an Arab scene?
The Indian Councils Act of 1861 was the foundation for the Indian Police Service, one whose fine exemplars was this Calcutta Policeman, which the emblem on his belt so proudly proclaims. His instrument of choice is the lathi, from the Bengali word
[Verso] In Commemoration of the Visit of the German Crown Prince to East Asia 1910-1911 [end]. A spectacular postcard published in honor of the German Crown Prince Ferdinand's visit to India.
About 130,000 Indian troops served in France during World War I, and about 9,000 died. These soldiers were revered in France for helping to liberate the country from the Germans.
A portrait of the man who made the postcard revolution possible. While the original for this may have been a photograph of an actual postman, the broad strokes make it possible that a painted portrait was used as the source.
The "father of Indian industry." Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata (1839-1904) was born in Gujarat and graduated from Elphinstone College in Mumbai in 1858. He founded and sold a successful trading firm, and then built a successful cotton mill that since
This unusual real photo postcard seems to show recruiting in Jhelum, a key Punjabi district where British Indian soldiers were signed up for service in World War I.
It was not just European and American tourists who came to India; this unusual postcard shows a Japanese traveler on a camel with the guide helpfully holding up a Japanese flag. The camel bags still have English names on them though.