British India Era Camp At Cantonment – Old Photo 1866
This is possibly one of the early photos of British India’s Camp At a Cantonment. Dating to around 1866 I’m not sure which is the place the cantonment is located at. See also my post- Antique Photograph British India Family At Dal Lake. This too is an old photograph of a camp but only of some European families on vacation at Dal Lake. Tented camps were handy for a quick stay over and pack and go, or even for prolonged stay.
After the Anglo-Maratha wars and after the defeat of Tipu Sultan in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War of 1799 the British spread their footprints over India steadily. Many of the places being, remote villages, virgin forests, or uninhabited lands were supplies or stores impossible to find and setting up tents was the best option available. The settlements would sometimes slowly grow from there to becoming a more inhabited place.
Enlarged photographs show a European lounging under a tree, with an old lady in a sari sitting closeby, an Indian attendant standing near the dining tent. See pictures of colonial period life- Bombay Images[ Mumbai].
Did you know- India has the largest number of Post Offices in the world.
From the collection- Vintage Raja Ravi Varma “Shivaji” Oleograph Print., Old Photo – Vintage Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) Camera of 1975., Old Postcard – Cotton Cleaning Bombay 1910., Vintage Print Bombay Suburban Line Electrifies 1926