A self-published, artist-signed postcard of an Impressionist sensibility by Miss Barnes of Madras [Chennai]. Painting was a hobby of many British women and men in India, watercolors often found in albums, but few went to the trouble of having their
One of an extensive set of series H.A. Mirza & Sons, Delhi's leading photographer and postcard publisher at the time, made of the Darbar.
The bicycle was something quite new in Bombay at the turn of the century, and often featured on postcards, frequently with women as drivers.
The Taj Hotel was built to realize Jamsetji N. Tata's dream of a fine hotel to reflect the ascendancy of Bombay's own mercantile class.
In 1835, Robert Smith, a Military Engineer, constructed this building used for ammunition storage. It apparently still stands as a ruin, after the actual depot was blown up during the Uprising of 1857.
In 1913 the General Post Office moved into its present building which was designed by John Begg, the Consulting Architect to the Government during the period. Mumbai's GPO features the city's famous Indo-Saracenic architectural style.
A nicely composed contrast between the men in the foreground, and the sprawling Mughal-era fort in the background.
[Verso, hand written] On the road between Peshawar and Rawal Pindi [end]
This real photo postcard has a "Copyright, Made in Germany" imprint on the back, which was likely printed in India on German postcard-size paper. The watercolor and glitter treatment could also have been done in-house.
The Times of India building is opposite Victoria Terminus in the heart of Mumbai. The Times of India (TOI), owned by the Indian firm Bennett, Coleman & Co.