British Post Officer With Cart & Attendants Calicut, 1900 Glass Slide Photo


This is a 1900 glass slide photo of a British post officer with his horse cart and attendants in Calicut (Kozhikode). The Post Officer (now known as Postmaster) stands with his attendants and horse cart (jutka). Probably standing in his post office’s compound. Calicut was then in the Malabar Province which was under the Madras Presidency.

So it was not surprising there were many British interests either official or private. Many spice and coffee estates were spread out in Wayanad and other nearby areas. These were owned by British planters and estate owners. Calicut was the first city in India that was visited by Europeans by the maritime route. The Portuguese, Vasco Da Gama, landed in the city in 1498 in search of pepper the black gold. Calicut is probably the lushest amongst the other Kerala cities like Cochin, and Trivandrum. Likewise, it is also blessed with backwaters, lakes, and mountains.

Did you know – that when the Portuguese landed in Calicut, at the time Babar was the Mughal Emperor at Delhi. 

Past posts – Rural Life In India Watercolour Painting By N. Mukherjee., Khadakwasla Dam Pune, Old Postcard 1905., Balloon Accident In British Era Bombay, Old Print 1891., Arrival Of Fiat Trucks Bombay, Old Postcard 1915.


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