River Cooum From Fort St George Madras – 2 Postcards 1900
Two 1900 postcards with views of River Cooum from Fort St George’s side in Madras (Chennai). The view is from the south side of Fort St George. Looking towards the mouth of the River Cooum with its sand bar or perhaps part of the Island Grounds. Lush toddy palms are visible in both postcards with children playing around them. A vague outline of the Madras Senate House domes is visible when looking in the foreground.
Also visible is the thick growth of lush greenery on the distant horizon. A common feature at the time, but the lushness is now replaced with concrete buildings. The second postcard shows the sand bar or an island in the river. This is near the mouth of the river since the water flows into the Bay of Bengal. Undoubtedly a serenely beautiful Madras at the time. But not anymore, it is now marred by rapid growth and development. Click on the photo for better view.
Read more Know your Fort better.
Did you know – the moat at the Wallajah Gate or the western walls of the fort was commonly used for fishing in the British era days.
From the collection – M F Hussain Painting – Air India Advertising Postcard 1960., Chitpore Road British India Calcutta – Old Photo 1914., Flora Fountain In British Era Bombay, Old Print 1891., Duke Of Edinburgh At Parel Station Bombay – Old Print.