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Aerial View Of Bombay – Rare Panoramic Postcard 1905
This is a rare 1905 panoramic postcard with an aerial view of Bombay, now Mumbai. The view is of the Fort area, Apollo Bunder, and Colaba. The photo was taken from the Rajabai Clock Tower. See my post- Bombay University Hall & Rajabai Clock Tower – Old Postcard. Mumbai was built by uniting the seven islands into a single landmass by reclamations that took two and a half centuries.
The first picture shows the ‘Fort’ area. It had a large Fortress, named Fort George, built by the British in 1769. It was to counter any impending attacks from the French, Moghuls, Marathas, pirates, and so on. But by the passing of years free of any looming danger, the fortress was demolished in 1862 to make way for more space. But the name ‘Fort’ stuck to the area even today.
The second picture is that of “Apollo Bunder.” The famous hotel “Watson’s Hotel” is also visible. In the third picture, its ‘Colaba’ visible in the distance, once a beautiful virgin area. See my post- Antique Photo Bombay Colaba Coast 1890. There are also some other iconic landmarks that look like the police headquarters, flora fountain, and so on.
Read more about– Story of cities #11: the reclamation of Mumbai – from the sea, and its people. This vintage aerial postcard measures 16½ inches in length and 3½ inch width.
Did you know- Mumbai was an independent state of India, until the creation of Maharashtra and Gujarat in 1960. Although it fiercely fought to retain its independent status but to no avail.