May 6, 2009

Life in Calcutta (Kolkata) - 1944 Part - 7

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.

Cremation ceremony at a Ghat a short distance upstream from Howrah Bridge

Chowringee Road (Esplanade) near the tram terminus. Building with clock tower housed Whiteaway and Laidlaw department store

Chowringee and tram terminus from Calcutta Statesman editorial Building

Children near entrance to U. S. air base at Alipore, somewhere Garden Reach Road

Calcutta police on Strand Road

Bombay Tea Shop

Apartment building along South Chowringee Road near what is now R. Mitra Road

Activity at ghat on Strand Road, upstream from Howrah Bridge

Activity at ghat north of Howrah Bridge

Activity at ghat north of Howrah Bridge