Calcutta Hooghly River Street Vendor – Old Photo 1947

This is an old 1947 photo of Calcutta’s, now Kolkatta’s Hooghly River and street vendor. Visible are the Harbour in the background. The foreground shows cargo boats and a street vendor near the waterfront. Kolkata’s Hooghly waterfront extends up to 10 miles.

Historically the Hooghly Waterfront housed the trading posts of the Portuguese, Dutch, and Danish. The British set up their trading post in 1690. Kolkatta grew up from here after the British ousted the other colonialists. By 1772 Kolkatta was made the capital of British India.

There are remnants of warehouses, factories, residences, etc of the once colonialist’s occupation on the waterfront. Calcutta Hooghly river flows from its parent river the Ganges that flows all the way from the Himalayas. And has a great religious and economical significance, a sort of lifeline to Bengal.

Read more- The Hooghly.

This picture is from the Acme News Correspondent for United Press Newspictures (UP), 1947.

Did you know- The river is approximately 260 km long.  

From the collection- Government House Calcutta – Old Photo 1890.,  Map Of Travancore Backwaters & Coast c1866.,  Vintage Postcard Bangalore The Indian Gymkhana.,  Vintage Book 1912 – Kerala The Land Of Palms By I H Hacker.,   1971 Raja Ravi Varma Commemorative First Day Cover.

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.



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9x7 inch

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Bert Brandt