European Woman British Era Bangalore, 1877 Photo
An old 1877 CDV photo of a British Woman in British Era Bangalore. The CDV or carte de visite was a small-sized photo patented in 1854 in Paris. CDV photos became popular it was traded amongst friends, relatives, visitors, etc. Very similar to a visiting card. This CDV photo of a young European Woman was taken in the British era of Bangalore, now Bengaluru.
The British took possession of Bangalore after the defeat of Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan in the Anglo-Mysore Wars. Bangalore then on, slowly and systematically it evolved from an Indian hamlet to a large military cantonment. Many of the Britishers would settle down in this city on the Deccan Plateau, because of its cool climate. European women also would settle down here either after marriage or in search of suitable grooms. Because of the opening of the Suez Canal, travel became a lot easier from England to India and to the East. Click on the photo for better view.
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Did you know – women were instrumental in creating British society that, by the mid-nineteenth century, ruled either directly or indirectly over almost the whole of the Indian subcontinent.
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