Air-India Durbar Of The Rajah Of Travancore – Old Postcard
An Air-India Postcard from the 1950 Durbar Of The Rajah Of Travancore. From a 19th century etching. I have also in my collection the print on the same subject. See post- The Durbar Of The Maharajah Of Travancore – Old Print 1859. The print shows the Durbar of the Maharajah of Travancore and the reception extended to Lt. General James Outram and his staff.
The Maharajah in the engraving is probably “Uthram Thirunal Marthanda Varma” (reign 1846-1860). Who had ruled in this period of 1846-1860. Lt General Outram, hands over a letter from Queen Victoria to the Maharajah. James Outram was one of the British heroes to suppress the Indian mutiny of 1857. Uthram Thirunal Marthanda Varma like his predecessors and successors was a progressive ruler of Travancore.
Just as were the Maharajahs of Cochin. The rulers of these princely states were responsible for the development of their states and the people. Air-India memorabilia have become collectors’ items today. Read more about Air-India Collectibles. South Indian Railways of the British era too had promotional postcards in the 1900s. One of them is in my collection- Vintage South Indian Railway Promotional Postcard 1900.
Did you know- J. R. D. Tata is said to be the father of Indian aviation.
From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph c1894., German Map Bombay With Waffen SS Stamp & Seal., Antique Photo Madras Club 1898., Antique Map Plan Of Fort At Coylan., Buckingham Canal In Chennai – Old Print 1922