North view towards Fort St George
The Marina Beach In 1920 British Era Madras – 2 Old Postcards
Two old 1920 postcards share a glimpse of Marina Beach in British-era Madras, now Chennai. Both show mesmerizing views of the beautiful Marina Beach and Promenade at dusk. One of the views is towards the south and the other is towards the north. The northern view shows the vague outline of the St Mary’s Church in Fort St George and the tower of the GPO.
Also vaguely visible is the sweeping view of the First Line Beach, now Rajaji Road. The 13 km Marina Beach is one of the longest in the world. Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant-Duff, Governor of Madras, developed the beach and the promenade in 1881. Pictured in one of the postcards are the Aquarium and the Presidency College.
The college is one of the oldest government arts colleges in India opened in 1840. It is one of two Presidency Colleges in India established by the British, the other is in Kolkata. India’s first aquarium was built in 1909. Under the earlier initiative of the Madras Governor Lord Ampthill.
Did you know – the area of the Senate House and adjacent M A Chidambaram Stadium was once part of the Nawab of Arcot’s huge Chepauk Estate.
Previous posts – 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#13)., Newly Completed Victoria Memorial Calcutta, 1921., Madras Fort St George – Old Print 1840., Our Journey Around The World – 1894 Book.
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