Main Street Pune – Old Postcard 1910
This is an old 1910 postcard of one Poona’s, now Pune’s famous landmarks the “Main Street”. Now known as M. G. Road is one of the principal streets of the city. Lined with shops and trees on both sides since the British era. It was the favourite shopping center for military and civil service officials who were placed in and around Poona and the cantonment area. And the most happening place for the young and old alike from colonial times. The photos show tongas on the road.
Although automobiles existed at the time they did not appear in full swing until a much later period. The Parsis established the earliest shops on Main Street. The Parsis promoted shops at that time nicknamed “Europe Shops”, that were selling clocks and watches, textiles, liquor, and so on. Many of the merchandise were foreign and found only in these shops. It should be noted that in Pune the Parsis started the first ice-making factory and photo studio.
Did you know- that shopkeepers on Main Street had shops on the ground floor and their residences on the upper floor.
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