British India Polo Player Captain Malone – Old Photo 1890
This is an old 1890 photograph of British India polo player Captain Malone. I’m not sure of the exact location but most likely Calcutta (or Kolakata) or Hyderabad or even Madras (Chennai). All these three places along with Jaipur were great polo-playing centers. Captain Malone with a polo stick in hand is shown all set to take a swing on the game. The captain apparently a British Indian army officer is explanatory of the British army’s immense involvement with the game.
Also seen in the photograph are two Indian servants holding the two horses. The drawing of two polo sticks and the puck are also visible. The sport was thought to have originated in Manipur. Two English army men visited Manipur in 1860 and observed the game with great fascination involving few locals on horseback. After their return to Calcutta, they themselves being professional horsemen further improved on the game. And making it a bit more smoother and civilized. Thus the game of modern polo was born in India. Click on the photo for better view.
Read more- History of Polo.
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