King-Emperor George V In Bombay, 2 Postcards 1911
There are two old postcards attributing to King-Emperor George V’s arrival in Bombay, now Mumbai in 1911. The first postcard shows the impressive welcoming pavilion and a guard of honor being accorded to the royals. The second one shows the King and Queen being given a grand welcome with a speech by a prominent Bombay citizen Sir P. M Mehta.
King George and Queen Mary are shown seated after their arrival. The magnificent plaster arch and the amphitheater were all created to welcome their majesties. Both had arrived for the Delhi Durbar held in their honor in 1911. Sir P. M. Mehta or Pherozeshah Merwanjee Mehta was the founder of the English newspaper Bombay Chronicle. He was also the founding member and the President of the Indian National Congress. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- the plaster arch was replaced by a permanent structure the Gateway of India in remembrance of this royal visit in 1911.
From the collection- Rural Life In India Watercolour Painting By N. Mukherjee., Grand Procession Delhi Durbar 1903 – Old Photo., The Madras Iron Pier – Old Print 1863., The Madras Iron Pier – Old Print 1863., Lorry In British Era Madras, Old Photo 1919