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Dancing Girls

Dancing Girls

Professional dancing girls were among the most popular early postcard subjects. These two dancing girls are probably from Lucknow as the painting in the studio background on the left recalls the Chutter Manzil in Lucknow.

A Morning Obligato

A Morning Obligato

A very early postcard printed in India (postmarked Dec. 1902 in one instance) by the lithographer W. Cooper. The chance discovery of another photographic postcard shows how a scene like this was composed.

[Zenana Carriage]

[Zenana Carriage]

A hand-painted postcard; given that cards retailed for one anna around this time, maybe two, after materials, one can only imagine how little the bazaar artist was paid.

[Verso handwritten] "Cawnpore [Kanpur]. Dec.

A Mohmand Grass Cutter

A Mohmand Grass Cutter

Mela Ram was a photographer who might have warmly welcomed the advent of the real-photograph as a way for his art to take precedence over the vagaries of publishing in collotype or halftone using hand-tinted color to enhance images (there are few

Jaipur Woman

Jaipur Woman

This image of a reclining woman was one of the most popular postcards by the leading early Jaipur photographer and postcard publisher, Gobindram Oodeyram, and was also printed with the title Sleeping Hindu Woman.

Although the image dates from the

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