Birds Eye View of Back Bay Bombay, Postcard 1900

An old 1900 postcard of the Birdseye View of Back Bay and its adjacent areas in Bombay (Mumbai). This bird’s eye view image gives a view of the Back Bay, the headquarters of the BB&CI or Bombay Baroda & Central India Railway. Also known as the Churchgate Station headquarters, the Churchgate Railway Terminus is just opposite the BB&CI headquarters.

In the foreground is the Oval Maidan. Before the 1900s the Oval, Azad, and Cross Maidans along with Cooperage Ground formed the once vast open area called Esplanade. A partial view of the Esplanade is visible here in the bottom picture. A finger-shaped land projecting into the waters of the Back Bay is visible.

This is the back bay reclamation in progress, the Marine Drive and adjacent areas would be formed. The reclamation would progress until the early 1960s, Nariman Point was also newly reclaimed in this project. In fact, Mumbai was created by reclamation from a group of seven islands. It took 150-plus years to reclaim Bombay from the seven islands to a single landmass. The view seems to be most likely from the Rajabai Clock Tower. Click on the photo for better view.

Did you know- that the Portuguese owned Bombay before gifting it to the British in 1661. 

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#11)., Kerala Backwaters & Village, Old Photo 1945., Aerial View of Parliament New Delhi – Old Print 1946., Indian Revolt Lucknow & The Residency – Vintage Map 1900.

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.