Spectacular View of British Era Bombay, 1900 Photo

Spectacular View of British Era Bombay, 1900 Photo

An old 1900 photo of a spectacular view of British Era Bombay, now Mumbai. The view is from Malabar Hill. The stunning sight shows the Back Bay waters with an almost circular coastline. The still undeveloped Chowpatty Beach area looks indefinably surreal in the foreground. With its quaint tiled houses and a spattering of shady trees. At the near end of this paradise-like view are famous buildings. One of them is the Rajabai Clock Tower. The others are the Bombay High Court, Bombay Secretariat, etc. The far end seems to be Colaba.

Very obscurely visible on the Colaba Maidan are the white tents. These were the British soldier’s barracks. The famous Marine Drive and its promenade was not constructed until 1915. Further down would be the Colaba Causeway. In the middle at left are some dwellings in white. Which would be the future site of the art deco buildings (built in 1930). Today this art deco building cluster is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Click on the photo for better view.

Did you know – out of the seven islands the H-shaped island where the Back Bay is located was called Bombay.  

From the collection – Rural Life In India Watercolour Painting By N. Mukherjee., Biplane At Cochin Air Base WW2, 2 Old PCs 1942., New Harbour Works At Madras or Chennai – Old Print 1880., Maharaja Of Travancore’s Elephants & Sunbeam Car.

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6 x 4 inch

Photographer -

unknown British