May 3, 2009

Life in Calcutta (Kolkata) - 1944 Part - 6

The Hensley Collection is comprised of photographs taken during World War II by an American serviceman, Glenn S. Hensley. The photographs, numbering almost 600, were given to the University of Chicago Library by the photographer. The text accompanying the images is derived from notes written by Mr. Hensley.

The images include a rich array of photographs taken in Calcutta during 1943-44 by Mr. Hensley, a professional photographer participating in the surveillance of the Japanese in Burma for the U.S. Army. During his off-duty time Mr. Hensley used his ethnographer's eye to capture daily life in a number of locations around India. The majority of the images are from Calcutta and its environs. Other locations in this collection are Madras, Kharagpur, Agra, and Burma. The photographs and notes were prepared by Hensley for his wife to use in teaching world history courses in Missouri during World War II.

Tram terminus at Esplande Row East

Street Activity

Street Activity

Side street off today's Bentinck Street, north of tram terminus

Probably South Strand Road not far from the west end of Howrah Bridge

Open air meat stall somewhere near the intersection of today's Weston and Bentinck Streets

Old Courthouse Street at right with American Flag was the American Red Cross club for American servicemen

Northwest corner of Dalhausie Square at intersection of today's Lal Bazaar St. and East Old Courthouse Street

News sellers at the Esplanade

Looking south down Rabindra Street from the Nakhoda Mosque. I think the dome at right of center on the horizon is the post office on Dalhousie Square