Old India

I love scouring the web for old photos.  I found some real treasures when I stumbled across these old photos from India!  Please let me know which are your favorites and if you would like to see more of them, there are a bunch more waiting to be posted 🙂

 

All photos are from and used with permission of: http://www.oldindianphotos.in/

Women Grinding Paint - Calcutta c1845

Women Grinding Paint – Calcutta c1845

Three Hindu Ladies - c1880's

Three Hindu Ladies – c1880’s

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The-Maharaja-of-Mysore-Krishnaraja-Wadiyar-IV—2nd-February-1895

The Birdseller, Albumen Print - 19th Century

The Birdseller, Albumen Print – 19th Century

Street and Lower Bazaar at Simla 1890's

Street and Lower Bazaar at Simla 1890’s

SINHALESE DEVIL DANCERS - Ceylon (Sri Lanka) c1890's

SINHALESE DEVIL DANCERS – Ceylon (Sri Lanka) c1890’s

Jain Temples in Palitana, Gujarat - c1880's

Jain Temples in Palitana, Gujarat – c1880’s

Maha Lawka Maya Zain Pagoda (Kuthodaw Pagoda) - Mandalay, Burma (Myanmar) c1880's

Maha Lawka Maya Zain Pagoda (Kuthodaw Pagoda) – Mandalay, Burma (Myanmar) c1880’s

Maharao Shri Khengarji III of Cutch - c1900

Maharao Shri Khengarji III of Cutch – c1900

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Portrait-of-Two-Women-by-Raja-Deen-Dayal-and-Sons—Date-Unknown

Sein Kyaw, Burmese Dancing Girl - Burma c1900's

Sein Kyaw, Burmese Dancing Girl – Burma c1900’s

Group Photograph of House Servants - Late 19th Century

Group Photograph of House Servants – Late 19th Century

Group of men and Children at a village Near Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti District, Himachal Pradesh - c1903

Group of men and Children at a village Near Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti District, Himachal Pradesh – c1903

Gateway of the Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah - Agra, c1860's

Gateway of the Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah – Agra, c1860’s

Double Bullock Carts - Ceylon (Sri Lanka) c1890's

Double Bullock Carts – Ceylon (Sri Lanka) c1890’s

Camel with Attendant - Jaipur, Rajasthan, c1900's

Camel with Attendant – Jaipur, Rajasthan, c1900’s

Children in North Bihar, India - May 1951

Children in North Bihar, India – May 1951

A Reclining Woman Wearing Jewellery, with a Hookah on the Left - Lucknow 1872

A Reclining Woman Wearing Jewellery, with a Hookah on the Left – Lucknow 1872

109 year old Apatani woman of slave class with nose plugs, Subansiri Frontier District, India, ca. 1954

109 year old Apatani woman of slave class with nose plugs, Subansiri Frontier District, India, ca. 1954

A Reclining Woman Wearing Jewellery, with a Hookah on the Left - Lucknow 1872

A Reclining Woman Wearing Jewellery, with a Hookah on the Left – Lucknow 1872

Aghoree,-Hindoo-Mendicant---Benares-(Varanasi)-c1860's

Aghoree,-Hindoo-Mendicant—Benares-(Varanasi)-c1860’s

Andaman Tribals Fishing - Circa 1870

Andaman Tribals Fishing – Circa 1870

 

Imperial Russia- Pre 1917

Self-portrait on the Karolitskhali River, ca. 1910.

Self-portrait on the Karolitskhali River, ca. 1910.

Given how many historical photos are video are shot in black and white, many of us can forget that the past was also in full color – we just don’t get to see it. However, these photos of Russia in the beginning of the 20th century by photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky give us a rare glimpse into the past in full and glorious color.

Color photography, in the way that we understand it, was not possible at the time, but it was possible to create a color image for the viewer by completing three separate photographs. Prokudin-Gorsky had to take three separate photographs of the same subject – once with a red filter over the lens, once with a green filter, and once with a blue filter (red, green, blue – RGB – is a set of color channels used by many digital images as well). Later on, these three monochromatic images would be projected through filters of those same colors onto a screen and superimposed. When viewed through a final filter, they would appear as a realistic color image to the viewer.

A trained chemist and artist, Prokudin-Gorsky began creating tricolor photos after studying with German photochemistry professor Adolf Miethe. Tsar Nicholas II was so impressed by Prokudin-Gorsky’s work, including his famous portrait of Leo Tolstoy, that he commissioned the photographer to take pictures all over Russia. Though he fled Russia after the October Revolution, the negatives he took with him that weren’t confiscated were eventually purchased by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1948 and published in 1980.

Sart woman in purdah in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, ca. 1910. Until the Russian revolution of 1917, “Sart” was the name for Uzbeks living in Kazakhstan

Sart woman in purdah in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, ca. 1910. Until the Russian revolution of 1917, “Sart” was the name for Uzbeks living in Kazakhstan

Russian children sit on the side of a hill near a church and bell tower near White Lake, in Russia, 1909

Russian children sit on the side of a hill near a church and bell tower near White Lake, in Russia, 1909

Prokudin-Gorskii rides along on a handcar outside Petrozavodsk on the Murmansk railway along Lake Onega near Petrozavodsk in 1910

Prokudin-Gorskii rides along on a handcar outside Petrozavodsk on the Murmansk railway along Lake Onega near Petrozavodsk in 1910

Peasants harvesting hay in 1909. From the album “Views along the Mariinskii Canal and river system, Russian Empire”

Peasants harvesting hay in 1909. From the album “Views along the Mariinskii Canal and river system, Russian Empire”

On the Sim River, a shepherd boy. Photo taken in 1910, from the album “Views in the Ural Mountains, survey of industrial area, Russian Empire”

On the Sim River, a shepherd boy. Photo taken in 1910, from the album “Views in the Ural Mountains, survey of industrial area, Russian Empire”

General view of the Nikolaevskii Cathedral from southwest in Mozhaisk in 1911

General view of the Nikolaevskii Cathedral from southwest in Mozhaisk in 1911

General view of the wharf at Mezhevaya Utka, 1912

General view of the wharf at Mezhevaya Utka, 1912

Isfandiyar Jurji Bahadur, Khan of the Russian protectorate of Khorezm (Khiva, now a part of modern Uzbekistan), full-length portrait, seated outdoors, ca. 1910

Isfandiyar Jurji Bahadur, Khan of the Russian protectorate of Khorezm (Khiva, now a part of modern Uzbekistan), full-length portrait, seated outdoors, ca. 1910

Laying concrete for the dam’s sluice, 1912. Workers and supervisors amid preparations for pouring cement for sluice dam foundation across the Oka River near Beloomut

Laying concrete for the dam’s sluice, 1912. Workers and supervisors amid preparations for pouring cement for sluice dam foundation across the Oka River near Beloomut

Molding of an artistic casting (Kasli Iron Works), 1910.

Molding of an artistic casting (Kasli Iron Works), 1910.

Nomadic Kirghiz on the Golodnaia Steppe in present-day Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, ca. 1910

Nomadic Kirghiz on the Golodnaia Steppe in present-day Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, ca. 1910

General view of Artvin (now in Turkey) from the small town of Svet, ca. 1910

General view of Artvin (now in Turkey) from the small town of Svet, ca. 1910

Factory in Kyn, Russia, belonging to Count S.A. Stroganov, 1912

Factory in Kyn, Russia, belonging to Count S.A. Stroganov, 1912

Alternators made in Budapest, Hungary, in the power generating hall of a hydroelectric station in Iolotan (Eloten), Turkmenistan, on the Murghab River, ca. 1910

Alternators made in Budapest, Hungary, in the power generating hall of a hydroelectric station in Iolotan (Eloten), Turkmenistan, on the Murghab River, ca. 1910

A woman is seated in a calm spot on the Sim River, part of the Volga watershed in 1910

A woman is seated in a calm spot on the Sim River, part of the Volga watershed in 1910

An Armenian woman in national costume poses for Prokudin-Gorskii on a hillside near Artvin (in present day Turkey)

An Armenian woman in national costume poses for Prokudin-Gorskii on a hillside near Artvin (in present day Turkey)

A water-carrier in Samarkand (present-day Uzbekistan), ca. 1910

A water-carrier in Samarkand (present-day Uzbekistan), ca. 1910

A switch operator poses on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, near the town of Ust Katav on the Yuryuzan River in 1910

A switch operator poses on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, near the town of Ust Katav on the Yuryuzan River in 1910

A man and woman pose in Dagestan, ca. 1910

A man and woman pose in Dagestan, ca. 1910

A group of women in Dagestan, ca. 1910

A group of women in Dagestan, ca. 1910

A group of Jewish children with a teacher in Samarkand, (in modern Uzbekistan), ca. 1910

A group of Jewish children with a teacher in Samarkand, (in modern Uzbekistan), ca. 1910

A general view of Sukhumi, Abkhazia and its bay, seen sometime around 1910 from Cherniavskii Mountain

A general view of Sukhumi, Abkhazia and its bay, seen sometime around 1910 from Cherniavskii Mountain

A boy leans on a wooden gatepost in 1910. From the album “Views in the Ural Mountains, survey of industrial area, Russian Empire”

A boy leans on a wooden gatepost in 1910. From the album “Views in the Ural Mountains, survey of industrial area, Russian Empire”

A boy sits in the court of Tillia-Kari mosque in Samarkand, present-day Uzbekistan, ca. 1910

A boy sits in the court of Tillia-Kari mosque in Samarkand, present-day Uzbekistan, ca. 1910

A chapel sits on the site where the city of Belozersk was founded in ancient times, photographed in 1909

A chapel sits on the site where the city of Belozersk was founded in ancient times, photographed in 1909

A dog rests on the shore of Lake Lindozero in 1910. From the album “Views along the Murmansk Railway, Russian Empire”

A dog rests on the shore of Lake Lindozero in 1910. From the album “Views along the Murmansk Railway, Russian Empire”

old china 2

I received a lot of compliments on the first go around of Old China so I have decided to do another. You may see some duplicates in this series, I apologize in advance.  Please enjoy these, the photos depict a lifestyle and culture that most of the “modern” world cannot comprehend.  As always, please let me know what are your favorite photos in the series and please rate the post as well 🙂

One other thing to note:  I am not the restorer of these photos, I copied them from a much more talented person than myself 🙂

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ralphrepo_photolog/

 

China's Common Carrier, Her Substitute For Railways, A Camel Square In Peking, China [1901] Underwood & Co [RESTORED]
China’s Common Carrier, Her Substitute For Railways, A Camel Square In Peking, China [1901] Underwood & Co.

Portrait Of Manchu Girl In Traditional Costume, Beijing, China, [c1861-1864] Attribution Unknown [RESTORED]
Portrait Of Manchu Girl In Traditional Costume, Beijing, China, [c1861-1864]

Men With Leopard At The Dongan Mission, China [1932] Fr. Otto Rauschenbach [RESTORED]
Men With Leopard At The Dongan Mission, China [1932] Fr. Otto Rauschenbach

House Interior Showing Woman With Bound Feet Tending A Stove In The Lost Tribe Country [1936] Hedda Morrison [RESTORED]
House Interior Showing Woman With Bound Feet Tending A Stove In The Lost Tribe Country [1936] Hedda Morrison

Fisher Families With Junks In Aberdeen Harbor, Hong Kong Island [c1946] Hedda Morrison [RESTORED]
Fisher Families With Junks In Aberdeen Harbor, Hong Kong Island [c1946] Hedda Morrison

Six Strongmen In Traditional Dress, China [1909] William Purdom [RESTORED]
Six Strongmen In Traditional Dress, China [1909] William Purdom

Kampa Dzong, Tibet [1904] John C. White [RESTORED]
Kampa Dzong, Tibet [1904] John C. White

Manchurian Plague [c1910] Unknown photographer
Manchurian Plague [c1910] Unknown photographer

Island Temple On The River Min Near Foochow, Fukien Province, China [1870-1871] John Thomson
Island Temple On The River Min Near Foochow, Fukien Province, China [1870-1871]

Yen's Soldiers, Militarism In China, Here Are Specimens Of The Soldiery Who Protect The People By Dominating Them, Who Protect Property By Looting It, Liao Chow, Shansi, China [c1925] IE Oberholtzer (probable) [RESTORED]
Yen’s Soldiers, Militarism In China, Here Are Specimens Of The Soldiery Who Protect The People By Dominating Them, Who Protect Property By Looting It, Liao Chow, Shansi, China [c1925]

Seated Man Amid Baskets Of Fish & Hanging Dried Fish, Eastern Districts, Hong Kong Island [c1946] Hedda Morrison [RESTORED]
Seated Man Amid Baskets Of Fish & Hanging Dried Fish, Eastern Districts, Hong Kong Island [c1946] Hedda Morrison

Toy Vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco [c1900s] Arnold Genthe [RESTORED]
Toy Vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco [c1900s] Arnold Genthe

Ulysses S. Grant & Li Hung Chang, Tientsin, China [1879] Attribution Unk [RESTORED]
Ulysses S. Grant & Li Hung Chang, Tientsin, China [1879]

A Boat On A River With Rolling Hills In The Background In The Kiangsu Province Or Yunnan Province In China [1946] Arthur Rothstein [RESTORED]
A Boat On A River With Rolling Hills In The Background In The Kiangsu Province Or Yunnan Province In China [1946] Arthur Rothstein

Natives At Breakfast, Movable Chow Shop, Canton, China [c1919] Keystone View Co. [RESTORED]
Natives At Breakfast, Movable Chow Shop, Canton, China [c1919] Keystone View Co.

Old China

I remember being a child and being told, ” You can dig to China.”  Well let me tell you, to a seven year old boy, it can really spark the imagination!  I have always been fascinated by the people and the culture of the east.  I found these photos thru a blog at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ralphrepo_photolog/ .  I hope you enjoy and please do let me know your favorites.  If these are popular, I have found a treasure trove of old Chinese photos which I plan to put up in the coming week or two!

Men laden with tea, Sichuan, China [1908] Ernest H. Wilson

Men laden with tea, Sichuan, China [1908] Ernest H. Wilson

Manchu Ladies Of The Palace [c1910-1925] Frank & Frances Carpenter

Manchu Ladies Of The Palace [c1910-1925] Frank & Frances Carpenter

Jade Belt Bridge & boat, Summer Palace, Peking, China [c1924] Sidney D. Gamble

Jade Belt Bridge & boat, Summer Palace, Peking, China [c1924] Sidney D. Gamble

Great Wall of China [1907] Herbert G. Ponting

Great Wall of China [1907] Herbert G. Ponting

Coal miners in mountain ridge west Of Ta Chu, China [1909] Thomas C. Chamberlin

Coal miners in mountain ridge west Of Ta Chu, China [1909] Thomas C. Chamberlin

Chinese women with fans, Canton, China [c1880] Afong Lai

Chinese women with fans, Canton, China [c1880] Afong Lai

Bridges where night-police-of-the-roofs cross the streets, Canton [1900] Underwood & Co

Bridges where night-police-of-the-roofs cross the streets, Canton [1900] Underwood & Co

Canton, China [c1880] R.H. Brown

Canton, China [c1880] R.H. Brown

Chang The Chinese Giant [c1870]

Chang The Chinese Giant [c1870]

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china-old-photo-auto-race

Beggars, Beihai Park [c1917-1919] Sydney D. Gamble

Beggars, Beihai Park [c1917-1919] Sydney D. Gamble

Breakfast, movable chow shop, Canton, China [c1919] Keystone View Co.

Breakfast, movable chow shop, Canton, China [c1919] Keystone View Co.

china-old-photo-canalInterior Canal, Canton, China [c1917-1919] Sidney D. Gamble

china-old-photo-canalInterior Canal, Canton, China [c1917-1919] Sidney D. Gamble

Chinese punishment, whipping a lawbreaker [c1900]

Chinese punishment, whipping a lawbreaker [c1900]

Breakfast, movable chow shop, Canton, China [c1919] Keystone View Co.

Breakfast, movable chow shop, Canton, China [c1919] Keystone View Co.

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Pulled by…….wait, WHAT??

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I was so excited to have found all of these images.  This collection spans quite a bit of time, but the photos are all uniquely interesting. My favorite would have to be the lion pulling the children in the cart, that is awesome!  It is really neat to see the ingenuity of some people in the past.  I could not imagine being in or using a cart being pulled by some of these animals. I did of course, for reference, include a human pulled rickshaw 🙂 What is your favorite?  Please let me know and rate the article at the bottom!

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Circus is coming to town…..

Sanger's Circus Late 19th Century

Sanger’s Circus Late 19th Century

We all know the names of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  They have been one of the biggest Circus troupes of all time.  They truly have an amazing history, particularly if you have a chance to read it in detail. From Wikipedia:

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is an American circus company billed as The Greatest Show on Earth. The company was started in 1919 when the circus created by James Anthony Bailey and P. T. Barnum was merged with the Ringling Brothers Circus. The Ringling brothers purchased the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1907, but ran the circuses separately until they were finally merged in 1919.”

There were many circus acts before them, some quite spectacular in their own rights.  I have put together a collection of phots I have pulled from various sources. I hope you will enjoy!

As a side note, what circus is complete without freaks, I included some of them here.   It was hard for me to include these because of the obvious exploitation of these people.  On the other hand, their notoriety brought them a type of respect and fellowship which otherwise would they would not have had.

I included a lot of photos in this post, please enjoy each of them and let me know your favorites!

Walt Disney Circus

Walt Disney Circus

The Escalante Circus - founded 1909

The Escalante Circus – founded 1909

Society Circus Horses. It was made between 1910 and 1917

Society Circus Horses. It was made between 1910 and 1917

1894 St. Petersburg Russia

1894 St. Petersburg Russia

a one-of-a-kind photograph of Jack Barrett with Barnum Circus

a one-of-a-kind photograph of Jack Barrett with Barnum Circus

Henry Bros. Wagon early 1900's

Henry Bros. Wagon early 1900’s

Circus in Salem 1898

Circus in Salem 1898

Clowns and Horse. It was made between 1915 and 1917

Clowns and Horse. It was made between 1915 and 1917

Clowns On a Horse. It was taken between 1915 and 1917

Clowns On a Horse. It was taken between 1915 and 1917

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Gainesville TX Circus 1923

Gainesville TX Circus 1923

Ruth Davis, the penguin girl had seal limbs a disease called phocomelia. It is what gave her the penguin appearance.

Ruth Davis, the penguin girl had seal limbs a disease called phocomelia. It is what gave her the penguin appearance.

Prince Randian He was known as the living torso, human caterpillar, pillow man, and the human cigar. He was born in 1871 and died in December 1934.

Prince Randian He was known as the living torso, human caterpillar, pillow man, and the human cigar. He was born in 1871 and died in December 1934.

Mademoiselle Gabrielle was born in Switzerland in 1884. She was a perfect lady until you got to her torso, and then she just ended

Mademoiselle Gabrielle was born in Switzerland in 1884. She was a perfect lady until you got to her torso, and then she just ended

Born as Simon Metz was born in the Bronx in 1901. He was born with microlephaly a disorder that gave him a small brain and the IQ of a 3yr He was beloved to all and died in 1971

Born as Simon Metz was born in the Bronx in 1901. He was born with microlephaly a disorder that gave him a small brain and the IQ of a 3yr He was beloved to all and died in 1971

Prince Randian and the Half Man

Prince Randian and the Half Man

Prince Randian was actually a pretty interesting man!  He was married and had five children, his amazing story can be found in more detail here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Randian

 

 

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