British Family On Horse Cart Life In Colonial India, 1880 Photo

British Family On Horse Cart Life In Colonial India, 1880 Photo

An old 1880 shows a glimpse of life during the colonial era India, a British family on a horse cart. They seem to be set for a family outing. In 1880 automobiles did not come into the scene until the 1900s. The most efficient travel was by horse cart or buggies just as seen in the photograph. Since there were very limited European families in India (except for top-ranking officials or businessmen) photographs like this one are rare.

By the look of the liveried servants and bungalow, this Britisher appears to be a man of some standing. Living in India was not all that luxurious for some Europeans because of tropical diseases, oppressive heat, staying in remote places, and so on. Despite that, the upper-level lived a comfortable life. But the rewards by way of salary, bungalows, and servants were the real motivation. Since expenses were cheaper than that in England. Most would retire with a fairly large fortune.

See posts European Women In Bullock Cart British India, 1900 PC., and Colonial Bungalow In British India – Old Photo 1865.

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Did you know- after reports of the fortunes made by Clive and others filtered back to England, it seemed that everyone wanted a position in India. Bribes were paid to London officials to secure a position.

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11½ x 8 inch

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unknown British photographer