The Savoury Cooum British Era Madras, Old 1910 Postcard

cooum river


An old 1910 photo postcard with a view of the savoury Cooum in British Era Madras, now Chennai. A humour-induced vintage postcard scene that shows three men holding their noses overlooking the River Cooum. Reportedly a scene enacted for a touch of humor. It is believed the photographer engaged the help of these men to enact a humorous scene for the amusement of its voracious audience back in England.

Viewers in England had an unquenchable thirst to hear more about countries that were under British rule. However, it is most unlikely that Cooum was smelly at that time. Because there were not as many slums or industries lining its banks then as it is now. See the background to what appears to be an undeveloped and wooded River Cooum. This postcard makes a nice contrast to the view of the Cooum River In Chennai – Old Photo 1880

Read more Story of a Holy River that became a Sewage.

Did you know – that postcards then were like the Instagram of today.

Past posts – ‘Farmhouse’ British-India Watercolour Painting 1940., Borah Bazar Street Bombay British Era, 1895 Photo., Mumbai Horse-Drawn Tram – Old Print 1897., Vintage Book – Cochin Calling 1938.

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.