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Bombay North And Parel – Vintage Map 1955

Vintage 1955 map of Bombay, now Mumbai North, and Pare. Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India. It was once a cluster of seven islands before reclamation into a single landmass by the British.

See my post c1862 Newspaper Print Trade

After the American civil war broke out, the confederate states refused to supply cotton to the British mills that depended on it. That made the demand for Indian cotton to shoot up (although considered inferior to the American variety). Causing a huge cotton boom for many years to come. It generated an immense amount of wealth for many businessmen who had migrated from Surat to Bombay in the 19th century.

Many cotton mills are marked on this map that is an outcome of this great boom. Peaking from the mid 19th to around the middle of the 20th century. In this period industrialization also peaked in Mumbai, unlike seen in any other part of India. However, most of these mills would close down in the past many years because of labour strife. The mill properties were converted into shopping malls or cinema theatres or apartments.

Read more about History Of Mumbai’s Iconic Textile Mills In 1 Minute.

Did you know- the Government House initially opened at Parel, by 1883 the Government house, moved to Malabar Point. Today we know it as the Raj Bhavan. 

From the collection- The Colaba Coast Bombay – Old Photo 1890., Vintage Book 1877 – Illustrated India: Its Princes And People., Prongs Lighthouse Bombay – Old Postcard With FDC 1900., Raja Ravi Varma Painting – 2 Old Postcards 1976

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