South Parade Road Bangalore – Old Photo 1880

This is a rare old photograph of South Parade road, now M.G. Road Bangalore or Bengaluru. Dating to around 1880. This rare photograph shows the beginning of the South Parade or M G Road, probably near Cubbon Park. View an enlarged image from the bottom right side of the photo showing a group of people and a large canon.

The “South Parade” road was later renamed “M. G. Road” after India’s independence. It was Bengaluru’s most iconic road once. Today it is like any other regular street devoid of its earlier charm. The lush green cover of trees that once lined both sides were mercilessly chopped down to give way for Bengaluru’s “Namma Metro.” Its boulevard was once the charm of Bengaluru, and a magnet for all ages of people to hang out.

Unfortunately, it was demolished without a thought to the general public’s vehement opposition or protest.  So one more historical legacy is lost to modernization. Click on the photo for better view.

Read more about M G Road, Bangalore.

Did you know- Bangalore was one of the earliest cities in India to get electricity in 1906. 

From the collection- Rare Vintage Book – Madras The Birth Place Of British India.,  Antique Photo Writer’s Building Calcutta 1900.,  Antique Print Malabar Coast Chinese Boats.,  Page From Rare 1713 Latin Book on Calicut.,  1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal On Paper (#2)

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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11½ x 9½ inch

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Bourne & Shepherd