Indian History - 100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

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A street fair, Kolkata

The century-old collection of the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, includes rare and fragile glass plate negatives, which show life at the high point of the British Raj. The 178 negatives were originate in a shoebox for a pair of grey, size 9, Peter Lord slip-on shoes, and were stored in their original five-by-eight-inch plate boxes, wrapped in copies of The Statesman newspaper dating back to 1914 (the newspaper was founded in 1875). Highlights from the imagery comprise celebrations for the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Calcutta in 1912, the only visit by a British monarch to India as Emperor of the subcontinent, with the city's buildings lit up at night in tribute; ships arriving at the Chandpal Ghat, the main landing place for visitors to Calcutta along the Hooghly river.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Kolkata - Ochterlony Monument (Sahid Minar) lit for the British royal visit.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

The 'new' Bengal Club, Chowringhee lit for British Royal visit. This part of the club is now demolished, having been accomplished in 1908 by the architect J Vincent Esch.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

The 'new' Bengal Club, Kolkata lit for British royal visit; seen from across the General's Tank on the Maidan.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

The Maidan towards the 'new' Bengal Club, Kolkata. Built in 1908, planned by the architect J Vincent Esch.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Jagganath Temple, Puri, Orissa. East entrance (Lions Gate).

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Wall carving, probably in a temple, possibly in Orissa. Unknown location.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Jagganath Temple, Puri, Orissa. West entrance (Tiger Gate).

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Group under trees on the Maidan, Kolkata. The Army and Navy store is visible in the background.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Group with ascetic/sadhu.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Three men with two bears, a goat and two monkeys, possibly in India Titled: '[Samasha Gallah Dupai?

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Two small Bengali temples. Unknown location.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Bowl seller with a group on the Maidan, Kolkata.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

View of woman and child being carried, possibly in India

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Bullock drawn cart with driver. Unknown location.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Chotulal's Ghat, Kolkata. Photograph probably taken from the old Howrah Bridge.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Washermen at a dhobi ghat.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Possible lake or coastal scene with boys aboard a fishing boat.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Unknown location possibly Fort Wiliam or the Presidency Jail, Kolkata.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Ships, on the Hooghly, with mills in the background.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Labourers pulling cart loaded with crates. Unknown location, probably at Howrah Station, Kolkata.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Statue (in semi relief) of Hanuman (now enclosed), at the south entrance (Horse Gate) to the Jagganath Temple, Puri, Orissa.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Jain Temple complex, Kolkata.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Two men stick dancing with onlooking crowd, Maidan, Kolkata.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Most probably Kalighat Temple, Kolkata.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Puri, unknown men swimming in the sea with 'nulias' in trademark woven hats. Nulias are local men who are on hand to help swimmers in the currents.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Mosque. Unknown location, probably Kolkata.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

The pavilion is one of four, one at each of the corners of the tank.Group seated in small pavilion at edge of Manoar (Monohur) Doss's Tank, Maidan, Kolkata.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Group gathered, possibly on the Maidan, Kolkata. The group may be pilgrims from outside Bengal.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Military group lined up on the riverside, Kolkata, for the arrival or departure of the British royal visit.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Serampore (Fredericknagore), St Olaf's Church. A Lutheran Church built by Colonel Bie, the Danish Governor, in 1805. The Danes had established a base in 1699. William Carey, the English Baptist missionary who established the first printing press in Asia, conducted the first service.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Street vendor selling bowls and necklaces. Unknown location.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Painted elephant, probably on the Maidan, Kolkata.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Muharram procession with taziya, Kolkata.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Seated group with tennis raquets. Unknown location, probably Kolkata.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Washermen on waterside at a dhobi ghat, with 'White Horse' (likely whisky advertisement) sign in the background. Unknown location.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Probable temple building. Unknown location, possibly in Orissa.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Crowd in the region of tank edge on the Maidan, Kolkata. The groups are perhaps pilgrims to a festival.

100 Years Old Unseen Pictures During British Era

Muhurram festival demonstration with taziya on Lower Circular Road, Kolkata.

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