Sep 20, 2012

Views of Lucknow Residency in late 19th or early 20th Century


The British Residency of Lucknow is a famous historical landmark. It is now in ruins and has been declared a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. The British Residency was the place that served as a refuge for approximately 3000 British inhabitants during the time of the uprising of 1857. Lucknow was center of all British activities during the siege and the Residency became the monopolistic center of the British for almost 90 days.

The Residency still has within its walls, the graves of around 2000 British soldiers who died in the Revolt of 1857. The people of Lucknow tell intriguing stories of British who fled from their homes to seek shelter in these red buildings. Only a 1000 inhabitant survived this tough ordeal. On November 17th, the British troops led by Sir Colin Campbell defeated the Indian forces. Though they triumphed, it was victory in the true sense.

Today, the British Residency of Lucknow serves as a government office. The Residency also has a museum that is well-maintained by the authorities. One also finds the tombs Sadat Ali Khan, who was the first Nawab of Awadh, Kaisarbagh Palace and an observatory built for Colonel Wilcox, who was a British astronomer. (

Wedding Procession in Bombay (Mumbai) - c1880's


Buddhist Temple in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) - c1880's


Lake Near Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh - c1909


Various Vintage Photographs of Simla, Himachal Pradesh - c1890's

 Annandale Playground at Simla

 Church from the club

 General View from Bonnie Moon Simla

 Street and Lower Bazaar at Simla

View of Simla


Vintage Photographs of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand - c1890's

 Mussoorie Bazaar 

 Mussoorie Church

 The Mall at Mussoorie

Landscape of Mussoorie


Marble Rocks at Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh - 1877


Sculptures of Rama, Sita and Ravana in a Temple - Madura c1880's


The Basin and Canal Boats - Madras c1880's


People Taking Water from a Well in Hill Area - India c1880's


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Portrait of Dimple Kapadia - c1960-70's


Sep 14, 2012

Street and Market in Lahore - Early 1900's


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Montgomery Hall (Now Qaudi-e-Azam Library) Lahore - 1890's


Lahore High Court in 1880s

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Anglican Cathedral Church of the Resurrection, Lahore - Late 19th or Early 20th Century

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Lahore Railway Station - c1880's


Vintage Post Card of Snake Charmers


A Punjab Beauty - Vintage Post Card


Juma Masjid in Roorkee, Uttarakhand - Late 19th or Early 20th Century


Indian Movie Actress Kananbala in Kanth-Har - Vintage Post Card

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Famous Indian Bengali Poet Rabindranath Tagore in Bulgaria - November 1926

Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941), an India Bengali polymath who reshaped his regions's literature and music. Author of Gitanjali, he cecame the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. The photograph was taken during his official visit to Bulgarialon 17 November 1926.


Two Boys Posing with Sculptured Mythical Animals in a Temple - Undated Photograph, Madurai, Tamil Nadu


Native Shops in Darjeeling - India 1930's


Rock over Railway Line near Colombo, Kandy Railway - Sri Lanka c1880's


Sikh Soldier with Medals - 1920's


Sep 8, 2012

Photographs from the Book The Architecture of Ancient Delhi Especially the Buildings around the Kutb Minar - 1872

The Architecture of Ancient Delhi, Especially the Buildings around the Kutb Minar, By Henry Hardy Cole, Lieutenant R.E., Late Superintendent of the Archeological Survey of the North Western Provinces, India

Group of Moulders at Work at the Kutb

Ala-Ud-Din's Gateway, Doorway on the Northern Side

 Ala-Ud-Din's Gateway, Doorway on the Southern Side

 Ala-Ud-Din's Gateway, Exterior of the Gateway from the South

 Hindu Sculptures at Masjid-I-Kutb-Ul-Islam

 Imam Zamin's Tomb, Exterior View - Delhi 1872

 Shams-Ud-Din's Gateways and Tomb, Exterior

 Shams-Ud-Din's Gateways and Tomb, Interior

 Shams-Ud-Din's Gateways and Tomb, North-West Gateway 

 Shams-Ud-Din's Gateways and Tomb, South-West Gateway

 The Kutb Minar 

 The Kutb Minar, Base of the Minar from the east 

 The Kutb Minar, View from the West

 The Masjid-I-Kutb-Ul-Islam - Pillars in the Centre of the East Colonnade

 The Masjid-I-Kutb-Ul-Islam - Pillars in the North-East Corner of the Colonnade

 The Masjid-I-Kutb-Ul-Islam - Pillars in the Sanctuary of the Mosque

 View of the Iron Pillar from the West

 The Masjid-I-Kutb-Ul-Islam

 The Masjid-I-Kutb-Ul-Islam - Pillars in the North-East Corner of the Colonnade

 The Masjid-I-Kutb-Ul-Islam - Pillars in the North Colonnade

 The Masjid-I-Kutb-Ul-Islam, View of the Great Arches

 The Kutb Minar - Delhi 1872

 The Kutb Minar, Details in the Wall 

 The Tomb Called Sultan Ghori 

 Imam Zamin's Tomb, Niche in the Wall towards the West 

Tomb of Adam Khan - Delhi 1872

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The Qutb Minar is also spelled Qutab or Qutub, is an array of monuments and buildings at Mehrauli in Delhi, India. The construction of Qutb Minar was intended as a Victory Tower, to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Ghori over Rajput king, Prithviraj Chauhan, in 1192 AD, by his then viceroy, Qutb-ud-din Aibak, who later became the first Sultan of Delhi of Mamluk dynasty. After the death of the commissioner, the Minar was added upon by his successor Iltutmish (aka Altamash) and much later by Firoz Shah Tughlaq, a Tughlaq dynasty, Sultan of Delhi in 1368 AD.

The complex was added to by many subsequent rulers, including Firoz Shah Tughlaq and Ala ud din Khilji as well as the British. Some constructions in the complex are the Qutb Minar, the Quwwat ul-Islam Mosque, the Alai Gate, the Alai Minar, the Iron pillar, and the tombs of Iltutmish, Alauddin Khilji and Imam Zamin; surrounded by Jain temple ruins.In all, Islamic fanatic ruler Qutb-ud-din Aibak destroyed 27 Hindu and jain temples and reused the building materials for construction of Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and the Qutub Minar according to a Persian inscription still on the inner eastern gateway.

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