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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 place but most likely in Calcutta or Hyderabad. Shown is the smartly turned out Captain Malone with a polo stick in hand all set to take a swing on the game. Capt Malone apparently a British Indian army officer tells the story of the army’s immense involvement in the game.
Also seen in the photograph are two Indian staff and two horses. The sport was thought to have originated in Manipur. Two English army men visited Manipur in 1860 and observed in fascination a few locals playing the game on horseback. After their return to Calcutta or Kolkata, they being professional horsemen themselves further improved on it. And made it into a proper sport. Thus modern polo was born in India.
Read more- History of Polo.
Today the game is also popular in many and other parts of the world. There are several clubs in the country more in the northern region than the south. USA, UK, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, and so on are major polo-playing countries.
Did you know- Jodhpurs are horse riding pants that first originated in the city of Jodhpur
From the collection- British Family In Bullock Cart – Old Postcard 1900,. Inauguration Of Parliament Building Delhi – Old Photo 1929., Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Cavalcade – Old Print 1888., The French Colonies In India – Vintage Card 1920