Ode To British Soldier & Lover Bombay, 1908 Postcard

ode to british soldier


This is an old and rare 1908 postcard with an ode to a British soldier and his lover in Bombay, now Mumbai. Shows the soldier and his lover before his departure to England on ship. The lady that looks like an Indian is a little lost and unsure if he may return. The postcard has an interesting couplet-

“On a sunny summer’s day, there was sailing from Bombay,
A big and stately troopship that was going through the spray,
To mighty England many miles away,
A soldier gazed with pride on his sweetheart by his side,
Said he, “Good-bye, my treasure, I shall soon be on the tide,
And when I come back you shall be my bride.”
But as she was uncertain of his love, with many sighs,
She murmured as the love-light came into her coal-black eyes.”

Bombay was the main harbour for passenger ships since airplanes did not come into the scene at least till the 1930s in India. The city had its fair share of great writers and poets. The most famous among them was Rudyard Kipling, and the others were Salman Rushdie, Nissim Ezekiel, and so on.

Read more An Ode To Bombay: Remembering Kipling.

Did you know- Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay or Mumbai in 1865. He was awarded the Nobel prize in 1907, his most famous work was “The Jungle Book,” first published in 1894. 

From the collection-Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph c1894., Queen Victoria Statue Grand Display To Isolation- 1966 Photo., Steam Tram of Calcutta – Rare Postcard 1900., Century In Malabar Peirce Leslie & Co – Old Book