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 21 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of military offices in Fort St George, at Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Indian views, taken in 1902. Madras was founded in 1639 by the British East India Company and was the first important English settlement in India... Read More
 14 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
A hand-coloured print of the Hindu College, Calcutta, from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in c.1851-52. This is a general view of the classical main fa?ade of the Hindu College. The college was founded in 1817 and the foundation commi... Read More
 11 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Cotton stacks and 'churka' or cotton gin in operation, Berar - 1866

Photograph of cotton stacks and a 'charka' or cotton gin in operation at Berar in India, taken by an unknown photographer in 1866, from the Archaeological Survey of Indian Collections. After photography was introduced into Ind... Read More
 11 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
The native loom or Mag, Berar - 1866

Photograph of the native loom or Mag at Berar in Maharashtra, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1866, from the Archaeological Survey of India. The weaver sits with his legs in a type of hole which contains the lower portion of the machinery which he wo... Read More
 11 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Laying warps for native cloth - 1895

Photograph of women laying out warps on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. The women shown here are unwinding spun thread into long lengths which will later be used to form the warp threads of weaving looms and s... Read More
 11 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Man operating a silk loom, Ghotal, Midnapur - 1873

Photograph of a man operating a silk loom at Ghotal in Medinipur, Bengal, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This image was probably shown at an International Exhibition. The produ... Read More
 5 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Pumping Engine for Hydraulic cranes, Calcutta Docks - 1891

Photograph taken in 1891 by an unknown photographer of interior of the Hydraulic Engine House building. Hydraulic power was produced to move cranes and to drain the graving docks (dry docks), where ship repairs were carried out. The pu... Read More
 5 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Calcutta Docks, Engine House - 1890

Photograph taken in 1890 by an unknown photographer showing the hydraulic engine house at Kidderpore Docks. Hydraulic power was produced to move cranes and to drain the graving docks (dry docks), where ships repairs were carried out. The pumping engine house... Read More
 5 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Kidderpore Dock, with steamer 'Mayo' passing through 60 ft dock. The first steamer that entered the Dock in Calcutta - 1891

Photograph taken in1891 by an unknown photographer of the newly constructed graving dock, Calcutta Docks. A graving dock (dry dock), is a dock enclosed by gates and pumpe... Read More
 3 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Ujjain Ghats - 1875

Photograph of the temples along the river front at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1870s, from the Album of 'Views of Central India by Deen Dayal, Indore'. Ujjain is one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism. It is an ancient pilgrimage centre built on... Read More
 3 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Sanctuary tower of the Mahakala Temple, Ujjain - 1869

Photograph of the sanctuary tower of the Mahakala Temple at Ujjain taken by George Edward Herne in 1869. Ujjain, on the banks of the River Sipra, is one of the seven sacred Hindu cities and a venue for the Khumbh Mela festival held every tw... Read More
 3 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Ghats and temples on the River Sipra at Ujjain -1869

Photograph of the ghats and temples on the River Sipra at Ujjain, taken by George Edward Herne in 1869. Ujjain is one of the seven sacred Hindu cities. It is an ancient pilgrimage centre built on the banks of the Sipra river with characteris... Read More
 15 Aug 2013 Article/Essay
Article:
Homai Vyarawalla - India?s First Female Photojournalist Captured a Nation in Transition
By Kainaz Amaria

In a career that spanned more than four decades, Vyarawalla stood, often the lone female photographer, on the front lines of a tumultuous transition from colonial rule to indepen... Read More
 15 Aug 2013 Rare Photographs
Top of broken pillar in foreground with the famous Sarnath lion capital standing on the ground beyond - 1905

Photograph of the Lion Capital at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, from the Kitchener of Khartoum Collection: 'Views of Benares. Presented by the Maharaja of Benares' by Madho Prasad, c.1905 . S... Read More
 4 Aug 2013 Rare Photographs
Ramachandra Temple, Vijayanagara - 1856

Photograph showing a processional frieze carved in relief on a wall of the Hazara Rama (Ramchandra) Temple, at Vijayanagara in Karnataka, taken by Andrew Charles Brisbane Neill in c.1856, from 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. Vijayanagara, the City of... Read More
 2 Aug 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of a view of Maula Ali Hill near Hyderabad. This print was by an unknown photographer in the 1870s and is part of the Temple Collection. Maula Ali Hill is situated 6.5 km (4 miles) west of Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh. The Shrine of Maula Ali is located here, together with a mosque and... Read More
 2 Aug 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of Maula Ali Hill, from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Indian views, taken in the early 1900s. The view was taken in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh and shows a bazaar with Maula Ali Hill in the background. The Shrine of Maula Ali is located on the hill, t... Read More
 14 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
The Telegraph Office, Bombay - 1870s

An albumen print mounted on brown card by Francis Frith & Co., part of the Universal Series of topographical photographs.

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 13 Jul 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
India through the Stereoscope : A journey through Hindustan
By James Ricalton
Published by Underwood & Underwood, London - 1907

Preface

When our ancestors were yet savages, a Greek historian said that Egypt had more wonders than all the rest of the world. It is true that the ... Read More
 13 Jul 2013 Rare Photographs
Gigantic embroidery in stone at base of Kutb Minar, Delhi - 1903

Stereoscopic photograph of the base of the Qutb Minar at Delhi, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. The Qutb Minar is a tower of victory, part of a complex containin... Read More