Raaja Bhasin, in his Simla The Summer Capital of British India (2011) has a nice quote about Shimla during the Raj and afterwards: "With this detached atmosphere from the rest of India, it is no wonder that the blame for the disasters of the Afghan
A gold-framed, oval embossed postcard by a prolific publisher was part of the many types of postcards used by publishers to keep the market satisfied with new fashions and types.
According to Murrays Handbook for India Burma & Ceylon "At 11 m.
A painted postcard of Simla, published by the local branch of one of the Raj's major retailers based in Kolkata.
"There is possibly no name connected with Simla which to thousands of Anglo-Indians, past and present, can revive more memories of a pleasant nature than that of Annandale." writes Edward Buck, the longtime resident and master chronicler of the
Postcards were an important advertising tool for hotels from the mid-1890s, when Alpine hotels in Austria, Germany and Switzerland helped to popularize the medium.
The Princely State of Chamba appeared on few postcards during the Raj even though its rulers seemed to have good relationships with a number of Punjab-based photographers, including Fred Bremner and John Burke.
Kasauli is a hillstation in Himachal Pradesh, established in 1842, less than 80 km from Simla. Murray's Handbook for India, Ceylon and Burma
The gold frame and embossing were part of changing postcard fashions.
[Original caption] View from Mashobra. Since the Government of Sir John Lawrence in 1864 Simla has been the summer capital for India.