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British India photograph album


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

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This photograph album was probably created by a British subject traveling (or possibly living) in Karachi, in what is now Pakistan. For the most part, these beautiful photographs which were carefully mounted and captioned appear to be travel photographs, although the time frame of the album, dating from 1930 to 1935 indicates the photographer and compiler was in the country for longer than a mere visit. One loose photograph documents the Indian Technical Section in Karachi in 1930, in which four British men in military uniform are included. One of the British men may also be pictured in another photograph in the album, but it is uncertain if it is the same individual.

Photographs in this album are listed in the finding aid with the exact caption provided by the photographer/compiler in the order in which they are bound. The album appears to cover areas of Pakistan and northern India, with a focus on Karachi, Port Said, Sandspit, New Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Seringapatam, and Sivasamudram. Photographs focus largely on urban and scenic vistas, but the photographer also documents the people of India. For the most part, the photographs of the people of India are candid, documenting them at work, although there are a few more posed portraits included. There are also photographs of animals, in particular camels and oxen. Religious structures and famous buildings are well represented in the volume. The photographer appears to have appreciated the architecture, culture, and beauty of India and Pakistan. All photographs are black and white; all but four are mounted into the album; and almost all are captioned in decorative script.

Sold by McBlain Books, 2000.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Holly Mengel
Finding Aid Date
2015 September 28
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Karachi furniture removers.
[Uncaptioned], oxen working.
Cleaning pots in a Karachi Street.
Mixing mortar at Drigh Road, [Sina].
Tomb at Magai Pir near Karachi.
Doudh Mallah.
A Sindi Musician.
Local beauties at Malir or Karachi.
Water carriers.
[Uncaptioned], oxen working.
Our friend the camel.
English Church, Port Said.
A Mosque, Port Said.
[Uncaptioned], building, possibly religious.
Bunder Boats in Karachi Harbour.
Scene at Sandspit.
Bail cart at Karachi.
Fruit Mallah, Manora.
Palms Museum, Karachi.
New Delhi.
Changing the Guard at Viceregal Lodge, New Delhi.
Akbar's Pillar, Fatehpur Sikri near Agra.
Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti, Fatehpur Sikri.
The Taj Mahal, Agra (3 images).
A corner of the Taj Mahal, Agra.
A marble-lattice screen at Fatehpur Sikri.
A general view of Fatehpur Sikri showing the "Panch Mahal" and Gate of Victory (Buland Darwaza).
Shahdara near Lahore (2 images).
The Shalimar Gardens, Lahore.
Tomb of the Emperor Jahangir at Shahdara.
The Golden Pavilions, Agra Fort.
The outer defences overlooking River Jumna, Agra Fort.
Tomb of Safdar Jang [Safdarjung], Delhi.
Kutb Minar, Delhi.
New Delhi.
On the way to Ootaramund.
By the Falls at Sivasamudram [Shivasamudram], Cauvery River, Mysore.
Tomb of Tippu Sultan, Seringapatam.
Sri Rayanatka Sinami Temple, Seringapatam.
Hindu Gods on road to Mettupalayam.
Temple at Bhavani.
By the river at Seringapatam.
The Darya Daulat Bagh, Seringapatam.
Bhar Chukki Fall at Sivasamudram, Cauvery River.
Gagana Falls, Sivasamudram.
Young India.
[Uncaptioned], two Indian men with guns.
Four loose photographs ("Indian Technical Section, Karachi, 1930;" "Carving on South Side of Somanathapura;" and two images of a lighted building).

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