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Taj Mahal Hotel Bombay -1907 Rare Advertisement
This is a rare piece of advertisement of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Bombay, now Mumbai. See the interesting text on the ad “EUROPEAN MANAGEMENT. EUROPEAN STAFF.” This was not uncommon at that time. Since European management was more preferred in the British era. Named as the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel it lies just opposite the Gateway Of India. Built by the great Parsi businessman Jamsetji Tata in 1903.
But the twist was that Jamsetji Tata was refused entry at the European Watson’s Hotel in Bombay’s Fort area. This incident is regarded to have influenced Jamsetji Tata to build his own. The Watson’s was for whites only, no Indians were allowed on its premises. Just like this rare 1907 ad of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Bombay I will be adding more photos and picture postcards.
Did you know- there were once “Dumb Friends” nights at the hotel which were animal shows and a huge hit with the patrons.
More from the collection-Raja Ravi Varma’s Saraswati Oleograph c1910., British India Era Postman – Old Stereo Photo 1902., The Outskirts Of Delhi Jama Masjid – Old Print 1800s., Charminar & Street Scene Hyderabad – Old Postcard 1905