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Bangalore Club Where Churchill was a Member – Old Postcard
This is an old 1905 photo postcard of the Bangalore Club evidently based in its namesake city. Started in 1868, it is the oldest Club in Bengaluru.
Situated in Richmond town inside an 11-acre plot in the heart of Bengaluru city. It was originally called the “United Service Club” until 1946, but later renamed to its present name “Bangalore Club.”
The building shown in this Postcard is still surprisingly intact today, unlike many other colonial clubs that have torn down or modified their buildings mercilessly in the name of expansion.
This club at the time British Raj era had elite members from the top ranks of the military, civil services, Indian royalty, and so on.
One famous member was Winston Churchill the former Prime Minister of the UK. He is also famously remembered for his library dues to the club of Rs 13 in 1896. Wrote it off as a bad debt years later after realizing it was irrecoverable.
Did you know- that Sir M Visvesvaraya the then Diwan of Mysore arrived at the Bangalore Club he was told to remove his Mysore turban and wear a coat. He then set up the Century Club in Bangalore in c1912.
More from my collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph of c1894., M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal On Paper Beautiful Lady (#6)., Antique Photo Delhi Durbar Royalty Procession., Antique Photograph Britishers Elephant Ride 1890., Vintage Book – Hindle Wakes By Harold Brighouse
The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.