British Officials On Elephant Back, India, 1890 Photo
Old 1890 photo of two British officials on an elephant back somewhere in north India. It shows the elephant’s handlers and other local Indians. The Europeans are probably from a surveying department at work. Seeing this photo of the elephant, one can imagine its sad plight ferrying passengers back and forth with little rest.
Centuries ago elephants were used in warfare and for the mobilization of heavy goods. Thankfully, today these gentle giants are well-taken care of more than when it was in the past. Although there are still some sporadic cases of domestic elephant cruelty. But they are more likely to be dealt with by animal rights authorities, or sometimes by the wrath of the public.
Read more- Indian Elephants. See post- Elephants Of The Rajah Of Travancore – Old Print 1858.
Did you know- they have domesticated Asian elephants from about 4,000 years, but African elephants are not that easily domesticated.
From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph of c1894., First Train In India Bombay to Thane – Old Print 1853., Vintage Book 1881 – Everyday Life In India., Dalhousie Barrack Fort William Kolkata – Old Postcard 1900