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Life In British India – Old Photo 1865

This is a rare old and interesting photo of life in British India of 1865. Shows a Britisher seated with his pet dog supervising work in his garden. Britain saw a decline in servants and was being replaced by domestic appliances and technologies. However, by the early 20th C India witnessed a great increase in domestic help.

There was an escalation in domestic servants from 1900 onwards. Not that it was lesser earlier but because of the opening of the Suez canal in 1869 more Britishers and Europeans entered India. In Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, and Delhi under the British era household service became of the largest areas of employment.

See post- Colonial Bungalow In British India – Old Photo 1865.

The vast compounded garden indicates that the Britisher in the picture is of some standing. The Indian Gardner is dutifully on his job, notice the 1832 patented mechanical lawnmower in use. I’m not sure which part of the country this scene is from but possibly northern India. During the colonial era that only a few numbers of Britishers (all in all 20,000) ruled over a vast country of 300 million.

Read about- Living in British Colonial India.

Did you know- British Empire today is still in possession of 14 territories. But none of them have asked for independence. 

More from the collection- Rare Advertisement Taj Palace Hotel Bombay 1907., Tellicherry On The Malabar Coast – Old Print 1922., Cochin Port Trust Office Building – Old Postcard 1950., 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#1)

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

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8.25 x 6 inches

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Unknown British Indian photographer