Kolkata

Calcutta

Calcutta

Among the earliest known postcards of Kolkata, by a local and likely Austrian,photographer. Note the four tiny titles below each vignette for those eager to know.

Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge

The Howrah Bridge was constructed between 1936 and 1942. It replaced the Floating Pontoon Bridge that connected Howrah and Kolkata (then Calcutta). The Howrah Bridge was opened to public in February 1943. The Howrah Bridge was renamed as Rabindra

A Hindu Musician

A Hindu Musician

A hand-tinted studio postcard using what seem like only three carefully deployed colors - red, green and a hint of yellow or cream on the balustrade. The artistry is in getting the sitar bridges almost right.

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