Watson’s Hotel Bombay – Old Postcard 1907
This is an old 1907 photo postcard of the Watson’s Hotel in Bombay or Mumbai. The structure a cast-iron architectural wonder also called Esplanade Hotel. Infamous for its reputation of being a strictly whites-only Hotel at the time.
The great Jamsetji Tata, the Parsi industrialist was said to be denied entry. To make up for the insult, Tata built his own in 1903. Which would be the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, next to the Gateway of India.
See my post- Rare Advertisement Taj Palace Hotel Bombay 1907.
Watson’s Hotel after its completion in 1869 became a popular Hotel with the elite European crowd. And after the completion of the Taj Mahal Hotel in 1903, Watson’s ironically began losing its popularity.
Did you know- Watson’s Hotel was the first place in the country to host Lumière Brothers cinema screening in 1896.
The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.