Street Scene In Bombay – Old Print 1873
This print titled “Street Scene In The City of Bombay” is a page from a book dating to 1873. Measures 11 x 8 inches. Bombay or Mumbai a cosmopolitan city then, with Parsis, Jews, half Portuguese, Armenians, Afghans, Chinese, and so on. Notwithstanding the different communities from within India who were also based in Mumbai. Read more- Bombay: History of a City.
These communities were an integral part and parcel of the great development that took place. From the time they were encouraged to settle down in Bombay by the East India Company after uniting the group of seven islands into a single landmass by reclamation. They were given parcels of land mainly around the fort area to establish trade and commerce.
The East India Company granted them considerable business opportunities with social and religious freedom. This culminated in the arrival of many communities of Indian and even of foreign origins. Slowly built up a business ranging from cotton to textiles to bullion to industries and so on. And in the course of time, this maximum city became a financial powerhouse.
See my post- Bombay Fort And Harbour – Old Map/Plan 1754.
Did you know- Sukhla Ji lane in Kamathipura was once a thriving old Chinatown. Read more- The Last Of Mumbai’s Vanishing Chinese
From the collection- Old Book – Story Of The Life Of George Stephenson 1863., Colaba And Earliest Motor Car Mumbai – Old Photo 1900., Vintage Postcard Of Balamani Raja Ravi Varma., Antique Stereo Photo British Era Postman