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|"11. CALCUTTA -- Band Stand - Eden
Garden" black & white post card on yellowish paper from Art Union, used FEB 6 1961 at Tolley North
Dakota (2 different cancels), weak corner due to small crease. $2.00 i-n
"11. The Barber" showing a street barber in India, black & white postcard from Art Union in Calcutta, paper yellowing with age, 2 tiny tears close well, very late usage at Swanton Nebraska, corner & edge wear includes a small crease. $5.00 bi
"13. CALCUTTA -- Howrah Station" with may bullock carts nearby, sepia-tone postcard on yellowish paper from Art Union, very late usage at Newbury Vermont, partial cancel on front, minor corner wear. $1.75 i
"13. The Tailor" showing an Indian tailor at work, sepia-tone post card with very late usage at Des Moines New Mexico, short internal crease near the upper right front corner, minor corner rounding & edge wear, light but extensive toning on back is from the printing process itself. $3.75 ip
"15. The Vegetable Cutting Bengali Lady" from the Art Union in Calcutta, very late usage at Bloomfield New Mexico, minor corner rounding, lightly toned both sides. This important & basic effort is seldom depicted & strangely absent from most cullinary cards. This postcard itself is rare. $7.00 ci
"18003 Kaiser Bagh, Lucknow." showing its exterior with 2 horse-drawn carriages nearby, black & white post card with red-brown caption from H. A. Mirza & Sonso, printed in Germany circa 1910 - 1912, back lightly toned. $3.50 ih
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"18. CALCUTTA -- The Black Hole" with fencing in the foreground, sepia-tone post card with very late usage at Etna Ohio, small ink smear in address area. A small dungeon where British prisoners were held in 1756--a matter of some historical debate. $2.50 iph
"2. CALCUTTA -- Pagoda - Eden Garden" unused sepia-tone post card from Art Union, couple tiny spots of toning on front, good edges. $1.50 i
"38 The Bandar Wallah (Performing Monkeys and Goat)" sepia-tone on slightly browning paper, trivial wear at one corner. Bandar is the less common name for the port Machilipatnam. The postcard is full-size; the image is simply centered a bit low. Performing goats are rare. $80.00 ia
"4. CALCUTTA - Clive Street" with one horse-drawn vehicle & a pedestrian; sepia-tone post card with very late usage at Sharon Center Ohio, toned back, minor corner wear. $1.50 i
"6. CALCUTTA -- High Court" showing an exterior corner, unused sepia-tone post card from Art Union, toned back, tiny corner bend. $1.50 ic
"7. CALCUTTA -- Great Eastern Hotel" with a bit of the Ranken & Co. building at the left, sepia-tone post card with very late usage at Bowersville Ohio, one corner creased twice. $1.75 i
"A BANDAR WALLAH (PERFORMING MONKEYS AND GOAT)" sepia-tone postcard on slightly browning paper, trivial wear at one corner, tiny speck of toning in left front margin. Bandar is the less common name for the port Machilipatnam. Performing goats are rare. $100.00 ia
"ALIGARH / 66 / 1915 '16" with caption taken from the side of the licensed camel-drawn wagon in Uttar Pradesh, real photo postcard with very late usage in Lenitar New Mexico, bottom corner crease not into the image, slight curl to the paper. Lack of captioning, photographer attribution, or publisher information means it is more than likely one-of-a-kind. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 iau
"All buildings of red sandstone built by Akbar / and deserted 50 years later / ..." uncaptioned (so we rely on the handwriting on back) real photo post card, tiny ink spot in the lower front border, 3 small adherences near the back corners probably from album removal. $1.25 i
"A Native Street in Bombay" circa 1908 color post card, unused $3.00
"A Road Side Barber" Dalhousie series, post card mailed 1924 to Ohio $17.00 -
"A room in one of the palaces with the fort / Agra, India" uncaptioned (so we used all the handwriting on the back) S. Lall & Co. real photo post card, light album marks at the back corners, small adherence near a lower back corner. $1.75 i
"A Tamasha Wallah 40" (a goat, monkey & small bear act!?!), circa 1908, unused postcard. $100.00
"Bathing -- Sun Worshiping -- Ganges, Benares" postcard. $4.00
"Benares" uncaptioned glossy real photo post card from Goras Studio, mailed 1960 from Elmdale Kansas (2 different cancels), paper adherence in lower left front corner may come off with patience, surface cracking into the image from the bottom edge. Benares is also known as Varanasi or Banaras. $1.50 i
"Buffalo Cart" black-and-white postcard with white border, unused $2.50
"Chandra Mahal (Palace)" unused real photo postcard. $2.50
"Chatter Manzil Palace, Lucknow" color post card, corners creased, toned back $1.00
"Chilpore Road, Calcutta" unused postcard. $3.50
"City and Third Bridge, Srinagar, Kashmir Lambert Kashmir" showing a shikara (wooden boat) on Dai Lake in Indian-administered Kashmir. Type of boat is written neatly in the back message area. One upper corner with minor wear, otherwise good edges. Seldom offered. $5.00 ik NEW / NEU / NOVA
"Community house of city sweepers, Bundi, India" well-done home-made (and, hence, unique) post card mailed 1964 $2.00
"Darjeeling. Temple on Observatory Hill" black-and-white postcard, white border, unused $2.50
"Dhoolie Bearers, Benares" undivided back (pre-1908) post card, unused $5.00
"Dinghies on River Hooghli, Calcutta" unused postcard. $3.00
"Doing the Laundry, Esan-Nadi River India" real photo post card, annotated 1963 on back. $3.50
"Every Maharaja has a temple or palace along the Sacred River India" meaning Mother Ganga or the Ganges; uncaptioned (so we used all the handwriting on the back) real photo post card with glossy finish, small spot of toning in the message area, good edges. $1.75 i NEW / NEU / NOVA
"Everyone's wearing blue and a serious expres- / sion as Secretary of State Cyrus Vance (left) / confers with President Carter and Chairman of / the National Security Council Zbigniew Brzezinski at a meeting in India. - January, 1978" unused post card, fresh appearance. $2.50 pi
"Female Water Fetcher" black-and-white, unused, undivided back (pre-1908) post card. $12.00
"Fire Worshipers, Benares" postcard with damaged back from removal from album, stain in one corner on front $3.50
"Fort at Agra, India" including 2 horse-drawn conveyances; real photo postcard with obviously correct caption neatly written in pencil on the back, good focus & contrast, spotty toning in lower left back corner, good edges. $2.75 ih
"GENERAL POST OFFICE, CALCUTTA." unused sepia-tone real photo postcard printed in Britain, heavily toned back, faint corner crease. $2.75 ip
"GENERAL POST OFFICE, LAHORE / No. 16 Shunker, Dass & Co., Lahore" showing its exterior & a man carrying a ladder in the foreground, unused black & white post card, circa 1908 - 1910, good edges. At the time Lahore was in India, but it is now in Pakistan. $6.50 ipp*
"GOVERNMENT COLLEGE, LAHORE. / No. 19. Shunker, Dass & Co., Lahore" showing its exterior in vertical format, unused black & white postcard with brown caption, divided back, trivial wear at two corners, paper browning lightly & evenly with age. At the time Lahore was in India, but it is now in Pakistan. $8.00 ip*
"Guardian of the palace / in Bundi, India." including his large sword prominently, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1965 at Ottawa Ohio. $2.00 ip
"GULABI GARDEN, LAHORE. / No. 6. Shunker, Dass & Co., Lahore" including a building there, unused black & white post card with brown caption, divided back, trivial wear at one corner, paper browning lightly & evenly with age. At the time Lahore was in India, but it is now in Pakistan. $8.00 ip*
"HAZURI GARDEN, LAHORE / No. 17. Shunker, Dass & Co., Lahore" including a building there, unused black & white postcard with brown caption, divided back, trivial wear at one corner, paper browning lightly & evenly with age. At the time Lahore was in India but it is now in Pakistan. $8.00 ip*
"Hindu Temple, Bombay" post card with two stamps on front (1931?) to the United States, shows people in front of temple, long crease that is fairly inconspicuous as these go $1.25 (i)*
"Hooghly River, Calcutta" postcard with white border, showing several boats, toned edge on back $2.00
"HOTEL MOUNT EVEREST / DARJEELING" showing the exterior, unused black-and-white post card with undivided back, light toning both sides, low printing quality, trivial corner wear. $5.00 i
HUNS AIR PRIVATE, LIMITED. Continental black & white photograph of its Vickers Viscount V779 (VT-DOE) ready to board, good focus & composition but image is dark with low contrast. Formerly with Indian Airlines, it was withdrawn from use in 1980. Rare. $5.00 ai
"India" showing a turbaned man sitting atop a camel near a white building, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1964 at Franklin Ohio. $1.50 ia
INDIAN ART IN SOVIET MUSEUMS
"INDIAN MUSEUM / CALCUTTA / Painted handkerchief (square spred) / Masullipatam / 19th century A.D." unused chrome post card, fresh appearance & good edges. $1.00 im
"INDIAN MUSEUM / CALCUTTA / Rumal embroidered in chain stitch / Kathiawar / 19th century A.D." unused chrome postcard, fresh appearance & good edges. $1.00 im
"Indien schlug Deutschland 8:1. Diesem Verhältnis entspechend waren die dreimaligen Olympiasiegere im Spiel überlegen. Das Bild zeigt eine heikle Situation vor dem deutschen Tor" showing the favorite India field hockey team before the German goal at the 1936 Olympics; Sammelwerk Nr. 14 / OLYMPIA 1936 -- Band II / Bild Nr. 153 Gruppe 61, real photo Olympic souvenir card (no postcard back, slightly smaller than a regular postcard) with much pertinent information on back. $5.00 os(m)i
"INDIA--The Taj Mahal at Agra / PAN AM®" showing its exterior, unused chrome advertising post card with logo of the airline on its back, fresh with good edges. (2 available) $2.00 each. ia
"Indigo Factory Sultangunj" showing many workers, postcard with white border, small stain on back. $8.00
"Indischer Schlangenbeschworer" (Indian snake charmer) unused post card, corner rounding, light toning on back $15.00
"Inoculation against Plague, Bombay" shows Central Office of District No. 5 & native getting his shot, unused postcard with toned back edges, paper browning with age, minor wear to bottom corners. $35.00 im*+
"Interior of / Tea Factory." showing child labor, real photo post card mailed 1938 in Mount Ro??? (a Madras post office?) India to Ohio (2-anna rate), minor corner wear. $15.00 si*
"Interior View of Taj Gate, Agra" black & white post card on yellowish paper, printed in Saxony circa 1912, very late usage at Busy Kentucky, good edges. Looks more like an exterior view to us. $3.00 i
"JAHANGIR'S TOMB, SHADARA, LAHORE. / Shunker, Dass & Co., Lahore" showing its exterior with tower, unused black & white postcard with brown caption, divided back, minor corner wear, paper browning lightly & evenly with age. At the time, Lahore was in India, but it is now in Pakistan. (2 available) $7.50 each. icp*
"Jaipur" with an ornate wagon pulled by 2 elephants, probably for a maharaja; caption taken from handwritten annotation on back, real photo post card with crisp detail-revealing focus, mailed at Royalty Texas, trivial corner wear. Possibly one-of-a-kind; the lack of caption, and lack of attribution to a photographer or publishers is telling. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 iua
"Jaipur Soldiers (Nagas)" showing a large armed group facing the viewer, some bearing shields; postcard with brown caption & undivided back, from the days when a half-penny stamp could mail a postcard. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 im
"JUMISBA, Kodaikanal, India--Where children of missionaries live" showing its exterior, black & white post card mailed in Columbus Ohio circa 1954 to promote a Junior Mission Band Rally at Mees Hall, small spot of ink in left front border. Recipient requested to bring gift for Indian Child. $5.00 io(c)*
"KAMPTEE FALLS, MUSSOORIE." with 2 men in the foreground for scale, black & white photo by Julian Rust within a framed border, writing on the post card back, minor wear at 2 corners. $3.75 iw
"Lahore. A Persian Wheel" unused black & white postcard with brown caption, undivided back, minor corner & edge wear, paper browning lightly & evenly with age. A Persian wheel is a device for extracting power from the passage of water; in this case, the water passes beneath the device. Many water mills work on this principle. Lahore was in India at the time, but is now in Pakistan. SALE IN PROGRESS ipw
"Maharaja's Goat Carriage" Singh real photo, annotated "The Maharaja children have very fine blk goats to use for horses" on back. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 (iua)
"Manikarnika Ghat" postcard with note on back explaining this is a flood at Benares in 1948 (40 feet higher than usual). $4.00 (id)
"Manipur, India. A girl dancer portrays Lord Krishna the Hindu shepherd god" well-done homemade (and, hence, unique) post card. $1.50
"Market Day Darjeeling" white-border era postcard, country annotated in margin. $4.00
"Monkey Temple, Benares" unused post card. $2.50
"Münzenkarte und Nationalflagge. / ... / Britisch indisches / Kaiserreich und Ceylon" unused Postkarte on pebbled stock with deeply embossed images of 12 different coins circulating in British India (including Burma) & Ceylon circa 1904 (some as old as the 1/2-rupee of 1835) & the British flag; minor album toning especially near 2 front corners, excellent condition overall. Interesting center table gives 7 different exchange rates for the rupees, annas & mohur, meant to help merchants with travelers. $30.00 nbcif
"... m.v. STATE OF MADHYA PRADESH" showing the cargo ship underway, from a high vantage point; card slightly larger that regular size, thin stock, caption begins in Hindi. The Indian ship was built in 1961 and owned by the Kerala Government at the time of her breaking up in 1990. Rare. $7.50 i& NEW / NEU / NOVA
"Mysore, India. Snowy mount with gilt hoofs carries the Maharaja" well-done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1962 $1.50 i*
"Native Refreshment Stalls near the Jetties, Calcutta" postcard with undivided back, unused. $10.00
NEPC AIRLINES. Unused continental color post card showing its Fokker F-27-500 (PH-RFG leased) on the ground, hint of wear on top edge, otherwise exceptionally attractive. $5.00 ai
"No. 15 / Howrah Bridge, Calcutta" including several small boats nearby, unused black & white postcard, printed in England, back paper evenly browned with age. $3.00 ib
"No. 17 / Hooghly River, Calcutta" including several larger boats, unused black & white post card, printed in England, paper browned lightly & evenly with age, small corner crease nowhere near image, mild rounding of the corners. $2.50 is(r)
"No. 7. Street Scene, Bombay" no postcard back, scrapes both sides but not on image $2.00
"No. 8, Hindoo Holiday (Cocoanut)" no post card back, toning on back $2.00
ORIENT AIRWAYS, LIMITED (Pakistan). Unused black-and-white continental depicting its Convair CV-240-7 in flight over mountainous terrain, near mint. On 14 March 1953 this aircraft crashed at Kalasahar India; all 16 aboard perished. Post card sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 277% of original area) & enhanced 120-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.75 aipd#*
"P. & O. R.M.S. Kaisar-i-Hind, 11,500 Tons Gross. / India Mail and Passenger Service." with signed art, unused, toned front side edges. Registered in 1914, she serviced London and Bombay primarily. Later requisitioned for transport in World War I, she carried British, French & Indian troops. Post card sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 s(p)s(o)wi
"Peacock Boat Mankarinka Ghat, Benares" unused black-and-white postcard. $2.50
"Potter and His Wheel" unused post card. $4.50
"President Ronald Reagan meets with India's Prime Minis- / ter Indira Gandhi after a glittering state banquet...July 29, 1982" unused postcard with fresh appearance. $2.50 pi
"Reay Market, Poona" including many people on a sunny day, black & white post card printed in Saxony, tiny bend to one bottom corner. This was the fruit and vegetable market now called Phule Mandai. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 i(r)
"River & Temples at Wai, near Mahableshwar" postcard. $2.50 (i(r))*
SAFARI AIRWAYS (PVT.), LTD. Continental black-and-white photo showing its Douglas DC-3 (VT-CYG) on the ground, good composition & focus, contrast is low. $3.75 ai
"Sitting-Parakeets. / ... A three dimensional embroidery / in Silk threads ... / on display a Kohinoor JEWELLERS / ... Agra-282 001 (INDIA)" unused advertising postcard, near mint. $2.00 ebij
"Summan Burj Interior View Fort Agra" black & white post card from Lai Chand & Sons, printed in Saxony, very late usage at Simpsonville Kentucky, small corner bend. $1.50 i
TATA IRON & STEEL COMPANY LIMITED. 5"x7" black & white photo of its Porter 7610 steam locomotive 76 & tender (circa 1944), good composition & focus & contrast. $5.00 ri
"The Arab stallions. This breed specially belong / to Morocco. / ... A three dimensional embroidery / in Silk threads ... / on display a Kohinoor JEWELLERS / ... Agra-282 001 (INDIA)" unused advertising postcard, near mint. $2.00 ehij
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"The Burning Ghat, Benares. / 25" color post card, unused, small spot on upper back edge, corner wear visible mostly from back. $3.25 i
"The Burning Ghat Calcutta" unused sepia-tone postcard. $3.00
"The Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Hotel, Bombay" real photo post card mailed there (clear Churchgate Street cancel), small tear in border that closes well. $1.50 i
"THE MASSACRE GHAT, CAWNPORE." unattributed art on an unused Tuck Oilette postcard 7234, initials neatly written in stamp box, light album impressions at the corners, one bottom corner shows a little wear. British troops & European families were killed there (Kanpur) during the Sepoy mutiny of 1857. $4.25 ith
"Tombs of Shah Alum's Queens. Ahmedabad" (500 years old) color post card, circa 1908. $4.00 (i)%
"Two African Lions running after bucks. / ... A three dimensional embroidery / in Silk threads ... / on display a Kohinoor JEWELLERS / ... Agra-282 001 (INDIA)" unused advertising postcard, near mint. $2.00 eaij
"Udaipur" real photo postcard, many people circle an image, crown watches, mailed 1959 but an earlier card. Possibly unique. $5.00 %
"Udaipur" showing 2 horses lavishly equipped & attended by 5 standing men; real photo postcard with sharp focus for details & glossy finish, caption taken from message on back, very late mailing at Creamery Pennsylvania. Possibly unique. $5.00 ih*
UP AIR (India). Unused continental postcard in color showing its Fokker F-27-500F (VT-UPC) on a runway, from an airline photo, tiny upper corner bend, otherwise fresh. Formerly flew for Jersey European & Air UK. The owner was the state airline of Uttar Pradesh. $4.75 a(p)i
"Victoria Terminus, Bombay" a corner view with pedestrians nearby, postcard in color, printed in Bavaria, mailed 1 MY 1913 at Ulsoor to North Dakota, TCV (1/2-an King stamp on front), album marks at front corners, glue toning in front message area only, faint internal creases near one shot edge bespeak unnecessarily rough removal from an album. $3.50 i-i%
"VU2NTA" shortwave (28 MHZ) Girinagar Bangalore QSL card used 1989 by operator V. Nataraj, fairly fresh with good edges. (2 available) $1.50 i. Same, but more interesting because an explanation of the Golden Key Award issued the the Old Timers' Guild there is affixed to the back. $2.00 i
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"Way Side Cooking, India" real photo post card, used 1960 but a much earlier card. $6.00
"WAZIR KHAN MOSQUE, LAHORE. / No. 5. Shunker, Dass & Co., Lahore." including a market beside it, circa 1910 when still in India; black & white postcard with brown caption, trivial corner wear, otherwise surprisingly fresh. $8.00 ip
"WRITERS BUILDINGS, CALCUTTA." unused sepia-tone real photo postcard, printed in Britain, faint small corner crease. $1.50 i
"Zenana Bungalow, Bilaspur, India" postcard mailed 1907 in the US. $6.50
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