This does not seem like a fancy Indus river steamer. It is after the heyday of the Indus steamer business that actually never really displaced the boatmen's traffic along the Indus and other river systems in Punjab, UP and Sindh.
An annual tradition in Peshawar in the early part of the 20th century and probably well beforehand, Peshwar's nautch women would dance through the streets watched and cheered by thousands of onlookers.
Every city had its female dancers, or "nautch women" and they were often showed with the musicians who played, assisted and sometimes protected and managed them as well.
Contemporary accounts of how Hamid Kalkani died are unclear. Nadir Khan is said to have chased him to his village in October 1929 where he was stoned to death by residents which this postcard may show.
This postcard shows the so-called "Bandit King" of Afghanistan, Habibullah Kalkani – "Bachha Sakoo," the son of a water-carrier – who led a successful revolt against King Amanullah of Afghanistan in January 1929. He ruled briefly until the British
Nedous Hotel was established on the Mall in 1880 by Michael Adams Nedou, apparently from Dubrovnik, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A grand hotel, it would have held many secrets of old Lahore.
What is most remarkable about this postcard is that it shows local inhabitants on a mountain road between the hillstations of Dungagali and Nathiagali, now in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (former NWFP) near Murree in northern Punjab, of what is now Pakistan.
The border signboard at Torkham at the end of the Khyber Pass in what was then Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP, now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) read: "FRONTIER OF INDIA TRAVELLERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO PASS THIS NOTICE BOARD UNLESS THEY HAVE