Chowpatty Beach & Marine Drive Mumbai, 1970.

A 1970 photo postcard of Chowpatty Beach and Marine Drive in Bombay, now Mumbai. This postcard shows a crescent-shaped Marine Drive. Starting from a crowded Chowpatty Beach and arcing all the way to Nariman Point. Also visible are the striking art deco buildings around the arc of the Marine Drive with a commanding view of the Back Bay waters.

Like the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Bombay’s art deco buildings have also been awarded world heritage site by UNESCO. Marine Drive in 1915 was known as the Kennedy Sea Face. Named in honour of a Britisher John Pitt Kennedy, an engineer who was responsible for its design.

A guide-book from the 1870s remarks: ‘The drive from Malabar Hill to Chowpatty along the foot of the cliffs is very pretty. The steep banks are covered with foliage…among the basaltic masses of rock above the road is a colony of coolies. Who, having few wants, are quite happy in their miserable huts…’ Click on the photo for better view.

Did you know- Mumbai has the second largest art deco buildings in the world after Miami in the US.

From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma Paintings Depicted In Postcards., Distant View of Parvati Hill & Lake Pune – Old 1860 Photo., Early Aviation Biplane In British India Era 1913., First Narrow Gauge Railway In India, Old Print 1863.

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