Bombay Backbay View From Malabar Hill – Old Print 1900
This is an old print of Bombay or Mumbai is from a book dating to around the 1900s. Bourne & Shepherd were the original photographers. It measures 11 x 8 in. The photo shows a beautifully virgin Mumbai of the past. With its quaint buildings, few factories interspersed with their tall chimneys, great patches of lush greenery, fishing dhows on the waters of Backbay.
This pristine setting would disappear years later to a view of a near concrete jungle. Like most parts of Mumbai, it was a reclaimed area, of which Chowpatty beach is a part. The most famous being the Marine Drive. It stretches from Nariman Point to Girgaon or Girgaum (near Malabar Hill). While driving along on one side is the Backbay and on the other is the Western line area. Marine Drive is also known as the Queen’s necklace. Because at night the unbroken chain of lights around the curve looked like a necklace.
Read more The Making of Marine Drive. See post View Of Mumbai From Malabar Hill – Old Print 1853.
Did you know- British constructed the Marine Drive to last for 72 years, but it is still going strong with only little maintenance.
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