Although a coolie – "a hired labourer, or burden-carrier"(Hobson-Jobson, p. 249) – were at the bottom of the social ladder, and the word is said to originally come from Kolis, a hill-people in the Western Ghats, "whose savagery, filth and general
A very finely hand-tinted postcard, with the indigo closely fitting the cloth, one arm balancing a basket of fruit on the seller's head, the other reaching out to the viewer with a bright red sample.
Engineering feats were a common theme on early postcards, particularly those which also had an "imperial" or conquest sub-text. especially in the western part of the Raj like Balochistan.
This card showing a river sacred to the Toda people and now used to generate hydroelectric power from many places was sent to Mr. Hans Lichtmess, Lenaugasse 11, Vienna VIII, Austria: [Verso, handwritten] "Received your p.c.
The front of the Plague cases postcard sent reporting the incidence of the disease on December 8th, 1902 in Rutlam, Neemuch District, now in Madhya Pradesh.
To be a named "beauty" on a postcard was quite an honor at the turn of the century. Rukmoni is shown here in a studio with colorized backdrop.
[Original caption] The Crawford Market, Bombay. This is a famous new market, full of Western goods and local luxuries, and near the Bombay Yacht Club near the pier. [end]
Addressed to Mr. Charles A.
One of the classic Bombay images from the period, this "village scene" with unruly palm trees was reproduced in many formats by Clifton & Co. though it is this collotype version that is the most captivating.
Sent from Perim (an island near Yemen) to