Great City of Kolkata, Old Postcard 1918

Great City of Kolkata, 1918 Postcard

This is an old 1918 postcard with a view of the great city of Calcutta, now Kolkata. The postcard shows a coloured sketch of the city’s commercial center in the 1900s. In 1690, an English merchant, Job Charnock, established a trading post in the riverside village of Sutanuti which, together with neighbouring Govindapur and Kolikata, grew into the great city of Calcutta.

Under the British East India Company’s rule, Kolkata developed into a flourishing commercial center over the next 200 years. With its imposing Gothic buildings, churches, boulevards, and a harbour turning into a magnificent city from the mere village that it was first. Simultaneously, intellectual and cultural life bloomed, with a renaissance of Bengali art and literature. The decision to shift India’s capital city to New Delhi in 1911 and the urban decay of the 1960s diminished some of the city’s affluence. The imperial grandeur looks much faded now from what it was once. Click on the photo for better view.

See post Horse-Drawn Tram Kolkata – Old Photo 1880.

Did you know- Calcutta was once known as the city of palaces. 

From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma Commemorative Stamp Folder., George Town & Parry’s Madras – Old Photo 1885., A Peek Into British Era Ooty, Old Print 1913., Vintage Book 1933 – The Common Birds Of Bombay

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