Antique Photo Writer’s Building Calcutta 1900
This antique photo is of the Writer’s Building in Calcutta dating to 1900. Calcutta, India’s third-largest city founded by the British East India Company in 1690. Shown in the photo is the Calcutta Writer’s Building standing majestically amidst the trams and traffic at the beginning of the 20th century. See my post on Writer’s Building- Vintage Postcard Writer’s Building Calcutta 1900.
Extract- “Built in 1780, Writer’s is a bit unusual name for a building. East India Company formed to trade in the east of India, later establishing in the whole of the British Empire. The East India Company’s clerks and junior staff were then called as writers. The building housed these writers in the initial years hence the name Writer’s building which stuck on till today.
After Madras, now Chennai was established by the British on the east coast, they explored much further up the coast. Reaching a small village near the banks of the river Hooghly and established a settlement. Over the course of the years, this village along with two nearby villages merged to establish Calcutta or Kolkatta. Initially, Writer’s was a staid building but later evolved into an
elaborately beautiful building, now it is a major tourist attraction…” See my post- Antique Photo Calcutta Horse-Drawn Tram 1880. Read more about All You Wanted To Know About ‘The History of Writer’s Building In Kolkata.
Did you know- Kolkata is the only city in India where trams are still chugging on the roads to the delight of tram lovers. And is the oldest running in Asia- 147 years.
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