Five Views of British Era Bombay – 5 Postcards 1900

Five postcards from 1900 to 1918 show five views of a past British-era Bombay, now Mumbai. The first postcard is of the Bombay Harbour from Apollo Bunder. On the left is the compound of the Royal Bombay Yacht Club. The foreground where a lone horse cart stands is part of the Apollo Bunder. It was here that passengers landed after being ferried from steamer ships.

bombay municipal office

municipal office and victoria terminus

The second picture is that of the Municipal Corporation Office. An imposing building that houses the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation today. The third is that of the Municipal Corporation Building and the Victoria Terminus. Both are in close proximity to each other. In the foreground is likely the Azad Maidan (formerly Bombay Gymkhana Maidan).

hanging garden

apollo bunder and harbour

The fourth image is that of the Hanging Garden in Malabar Hill. It looks remarkably barren, shorn of the crowds and frills. The fifth image is again of the Harbour and Apollo Bunder. But from a later period than that seen in the first postcard. A number of motor cars and the statue of Viceroy Lord Hardinge can be seen. Bombay thus far has evolved from the seven islands it was once to the megacity it is today.

Did you know – that St Thomas Cathedral built in 1718, was considered zero point. Distances along all major roads were measured from this point. 

Past posts – Raja Ravi Varma By E M J Venniyoor, Book., Madras Electric Trams, 2 Old Photo Negatives 1902., View of Harbour From Mazgaon Mumbai – Old Print 1897., Princely State of Cochin And Harbour – Old Map 1833.

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