100-yr-old photos of British India found in shoebox
Posted by Admin on May 12, 2012
Note from the Admin : – My beloved Mother Land, Land of my birth, livelihood and demise, I will ever return unto Thee, only to fathom thy Limitless Beauty, Glory, Culture, Heritage, your various Traditions abounding playfully amidst the shores of Tranquility and the steep Cliffs of your Timeless Spirituality. Yonder I wander, thither I am lost, weeping in the sorrow of having to bear witness your Ungodly Fall into pittance and ineptitude.
Release your bonds and unshackle Yourself, shake off the dew of rust, complacence and decadence that have covered you for too long, wake up and surmise all the chaos and debauchery that surround your existence wrought with injustice, butchery and barbarism.
May the tears of my pain well your springs of Intolerance so You may rise again to be the Shining Light of this World, that You have always and forever will be, beyond the confines of Mankind’s mistakes and fall from Grace, its Ultimate compromise to the Divine.
The most interesting discoveries are indeed made in the most unlikely of places: a treasure-trove of photographs, documenting life in India over 100 years ago during the British Raj, has recently been found in a shoebox in Edinburgh.A total of 178 negatives were found in a shoebox for a pair of grey, size 9, Peter Lord slip-on shoes by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). The stunning negatives were stored in 5” by 8” plate boxes and had been wrapped in copies of The Statesman newspaper of 1914.Nothing is yet known about the photographer of these historic images, although efforts are on to find out his or her identity.Among the images are some that depict the celebrations for the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Calcutta in 1912 with the city’s buildings all lit up. Others show pilgrims gathered for a religious festival; merchants selling their wares outside the Jagannath temple in Orissa; labourers pulling carts loaded with crates at (probably) the Howrah station, while another shows a woman standing outside a house, most likely, in Darjeeling.Take a look at these amazing photographs from a bygone era and marvel at what life was like for the common Indian during the British rule.
The Sages, Ascetics, Rishis, Sanyasins, Gurus, Seekers and Spiritualists who have kept the walls of my country strong and timeless.
A group of filthy and disgusting white boys with their white albino gals trying to look serious but silly enough to make monkeys cry out of despair.
Another faggot who thinks it can play one of its own civilised sports!
Must be the previous faggot’s brother – yet another faggot trying to look big and superior in front of the camera.
Must be the two faggots’ father, an older faggot.
The faggots’ sister who looks like it spent many days under the sands in Tanzania with ostriches, ducking out of pure scariness with stilt legs.
The Holy dips of our culture polluted by steam boats to carry albinos on their chartered courses of conquest and upheavals.
- Glass images of India found in shoebox allow glimpse into days of the Raj (guardian.co.uk)
- Photos of life in the British Raj in India are found in a shoe box (16Pics) (refreshingnews99.blogspot.com)
- Delight as archive finds pictures of British Raj hidden in shoe box (yorkshirepost.co.uk)
- Photo Treasure: 1912, Kolkata at the high point of British Raj (indologygoa.wordpress.com)
- Rare glimpse of Raj – hidden in Edinburgh shoe box (scotsman.com)
- Pictures give rare glimpse into life under the British Raj (itv.com)
- Days of the Raj: Huge collection of photographs showing life in India a century ago found in a shoebox (dailymail.co.uk)
- Raj pictures found in shoe box at Edinburgh national collection – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
- Photos from the Shoebox: Madurai India 1991 (thefeistsgreatescape.wordpress.com)
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