Devlali Military Canteen – Old Photo 1900

Old 1900 photo postcard of British India era military canteen at Deolali, now Devlali. The people standing outside the canteen building are the British military and civil service people. The canteen is a military store dispensing provisions and general household goods to the military staff at a very subsidized cost.

This practice still continues today that includes the army, navy, and airforce personnel of all ranks. Since Deolali became an important British military transit camp and acclimatizing center. British sent their newly recruited military or navy people to Deolali. This was to adapt to Indian weather and general conditions.

Since the country’s extreme summer heat and culture would sometimes shock the new recruits. Devlali was chosen to give a soft landing sanitorium, likewise, Nilgiris was the sanitorium in the south for the new recruits. Acclimatizing was carried out consisting of rigorous drills, route marches, trekking, and so on. Then sent to various military camps and garrisons across colonial India after the training.

Read more Deolali Cantonment Board., and Canteen Stores Department. See post Dhondy Road Deolali – Old Postcard 1900. 

Did you know- the golf course inside the Cantonment, was one of the largest golf courses in India at the time of its development by the British. 

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal On Paper (#2)., City Of Cochin In 1672 – Antique Map., Malabar Hill Bungalow With Punkah – Old Photo 1890., King George V’s Coronation Celebration Simla – Old Print 1911

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