Deccan Post Office In Nizam’s Hyderabad, 1900 Postcard
A 1900 postcard of the Deccan Post Office in Nizam’s Hyderabad State. Hyderabad became the capital of Nizam’s territory in 1799, and nearby Secunderabad was developed into a large military cantonment by the British. Located around 5 km away was Trimulgherry (Tirumalagiri) camp and prison that was built by the British.
Trimulgherry was rather a safe refuge for the Europeans in case of any adverse situations. A precaution taken particularly after the 1857 sepoy rebellion. Concerned of any attacks, the Europeans would normally travel in a bunch. But after the introduction of the Nizam’s State Railway in 1880 it became easier for the Europeans to travel freely in the entire region of southern India.
The Nizam’s State meticulously managed their transportation, employment, banking, postal, etc. The factories in Hyderabad, Madras Presidency, Travancore, and so on, were mostly under the control of the East India Company. The excellent railway and postal network system kept the factories in robust health. Here you will see men plying a boat transporting postal articles. The boat and the men’s attire pictured seem to be more customary to the region of Travancore than that of the Deccan.
Did you know- the Penny Black is the world’s first postage stamp issued in 1840.
From the collection- 1971 Raja Ravi Varma Commemorative First Day Cover., Flood Scene In 19th Century Mumbai – Old Print 1868., Imperial Procession Delhi Durbar – Old Photo., Fort St George In Madras – Antique Map / Plan 1782