Aerial View of Bombay’s Fort Area, 1930 Photo

A 1930 aerial photo of Bombay’s (Mumbai’s) Fort area during the British era. The photographer was A R Haseler and the location is the Fort area or perhaps even Colaba in 1930. A R Haseler was a famous British aerial photographer based in Bombay during the colonial era. And was believed to be a captain in the British Indian Army before becoming a photographer.

Shown here is a scene either of Fort or Colaba or perhaps some other location in Bombay. The scene is before the coming of highrise concrete jungle which the city is now notable for. The Fort area is located in the southern part of the city. Although there is no sign of a fort or its remnants in the area today.

It existed until 1862, it was demolished after that, to make way for more real estate space. Fort George as it was called was built by the  East India Company. Originally it was a Portuguese fort, which came into the hands of the British who strengthened and expanded it. It came into the hands of the British after they took possession of the seven islands of Bombay from the Portuguese in 1668. Click on the photo for better view.

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Did you know- the British first landed in India in Surat in 1608. Before the formation of Bombay, it operated from Surat. 

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#13)., Madras From The Lighthouse – Old Postcard 1903., Maharajah Of Travancore’s Durbar – 2 Old Prints 1852., Madras Railway Goods Engine – Old Print 1868

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12x10 inch

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A R Haseler