Monday, 6 April 2015

some rare photographs from the past - superb memories







1. Zebra cart in 1930s Calcutta

This is a picture of a Zebra cart being used as a mode of transport in Calcutta in the 1930s.
Image source: Imgur
 

2. Japanese troops using Indian POWs for target practice, 1942

This is a picture of Japanese Army personnel who blind-folded Indian POWs (Prisoner of War) and used them for target practice. Shocking!
Image source: Imgur
 

3. First Day of Constituent Assembly in India, 1946

The first day Indian Constituent Assembly on 11th Dec, 1946. We see Sardar Patel in the foreground. 
Image source: Wikimedia
 

4. Mohammad Rafi and Muhammad Ali in Chicago, 1975.

 One of India's greatest Indian playback Mohammad Rafi share a momentary laugh with one of his favourite sportsmen Muhammad Ali in Chicago, 1975.
Image source: Imgur

5. Air India employee updating flight schedule, 1963

We see an Air India employee manually updating the airline flight schedule in the year 1963.
Image source:  PBS

6. Howrah Bridge under construction, 1930s

We see a picture of the iconic Howrah bridge under construction in the mid 1930s in Calcutta. 
Image source: Imgur

7. Female prisoners at the Andaman Cellular Jail, 1860

We see a rare picture of female prisoners being held in the infamous Cellular Jail in the Andaman Islands circa 1860.
Image source: Imgur
 

8. C V Raman with his Spectrograph

A rare picture of Nobel laureate C V Raman with his spectrograph which helps by acting as a fingerprint in identifying molecules.
Image source: Imgur

9. Jawaharlal Nehru showing off his swordsman skills

We see the country's first prime minister show off some of his swordsman skills circa 1955.
Image source: Imgur

10. ...and The Swimmer!

We see Panditji getting ready for a swim with his trademark Khadi topi still on.
Image source: Imgur

11. ...and on his first trip to USA, 1949

We see our first prime minister on his first trip to the US looking absolutely dapper, especially with that hat. 
Image source: Imgur

12. Times of India office in Bombay on its Diamond Jubilee, 1898

We see a rare picture of the Bombay office of Times of India celebrating its Diamond Jubilee in November, 1898.
Image source: Imgur

13. Pre-partition signs in Peshawar, 1940s

We see simultaneous signs of Punjabi and Urdu in the pre-partition era in Peshawar in the 1940s.
Image source: Imgur

14. Tata launches its first Mercedez Benz Telco, 1954

A rare picture that captures the launch of Mercedes Benz Telco in 1954, in Mumbai.
Image source: Imgur

15. Last Nizam of Hyderabad greets Sardar Patel after Operation Polo, 1948

The last Nizam of Hyderabad greets Sardar Vallabhai Patel at the Begumpet airport after the success of Operation Polo.
Image source: Imgur
 

16. Earliest known photograph of the Taj Mahal, 1850s

Earliest known photograph of the Taj Mahal taken by Dr. John Murray  of East India Company in the 1850s.
Image source: Imgur

17. Calcutta in the 19th Century

A portrait of Portuguese Church, Murgihata by James Balille Fraser done in 1826.
Image source: Prepforum

18. Mahatma Gandhi at 10 Downing Street, 1931

We see a rare picture of Mahatma Gandhi visiting the British Prime Minister at his residence at 10, Downing Street in 1931.
Image source: Imgur

19. BEST Tram in Bombay, 1952 

A rare picture of the BEST tram service in Bombay in the year 1952. The services were eventually discontinued and made way for buses to become the sole transport carrier from BEST.
Image source: Wikimedia

20. Jayalalitha with MGR

Here's a photograph of Jayalalitha with M G Ramachandran in her hey days as an actress doing the song-and-dance routine.
Image source: Imgur

21. Flora Fountain, Mumbai, 1890

A rare picture of the famous Flora Fountain from 1890, as empty as you will ever see.
Image source: Prepforum

22. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose toasts to Japanese Emperor, 1945

A rare picture of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose toasting to the Japanese emperor in 1945.
Image source: Imgur

23. Old picture of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 

We see an old picture of the Indian Millitary Academy as Gentlemen Cadets sit down for a meal at the mess.
Image source: Imgur
 

24. George Harrison's selfie on his trip to India, 1966

We see one of the selfies by Beatle George Harrison on his trip to India in 1966. This one's way before 'phonecams' or 'point & shoots' were invented.
Image source: Imgur

25. Pranab Mukherjee, a few decades ago...

We see a rare picture of Mr. President Pranab Mukherjee, happily lighting on to a pipe in his younger days.
Image source: Imgur

26. Rare letter from Gandhi to Hitler, 1939

We see the photograph of a rare letter written by Gandhi to Hitler pleading him to stop reducing humanity to a 'savage state'.
Image source: Imgur

27. First General Elections in January, 1952

We see a rare picture of the Congress campaigning in the country's first General Elections in January, 1952.
Image source: Imgur
 

28. Queen Elizabeth & Maharani Gayatri Devi after a tiger hunt

We see a rare picture of Queen Elizabeth and Maharani Gayatri Devi posing for a picture after a tiger hunt.
Image source: Imgur

29. Rare panorama of Mumbai, 1870

We see a rare panorama of Marine Drive, Mumbai in 1870.
Image source: Imgur

30. India's first Test Cricket Team touring England, 1932

We see a portrait of India's first Test Cricket Team on its maiden tour to England in 1932.
Image source: Imgur
 

31. Mahatma Gandhi in the different stages of his life

The following pictures depict Mahatma Gandhi in different ages and how his appearance evolved over the years.
 
Image source: Quora
 

32. British man gets a pedicure from his Indian servant

We see the royal treatment the British were subjected to by their Indian servants during the British Raj, in this case a pedicure.
Image source: Quora
 

33. A Busy Street in Delhi, 1908

We see a busy street in the market area of Delhi in the year 1908.
Image source: Quora

35. The last picture and the much debated 'death certificate' of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, 1945

Here we see the last picture of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on a plane, and along with it his much debated death certificate.
Image source: Quora
 

36. Lord Mountbatten salutes the Indian Flag

The last Viceroy of India salutes the Indian flag as Lady Edwina and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru look on.
Image source: Quora
 

37. A table in a library divided by Partition, 1947

A rare picture of a library table divided by the Partition as India and Pakistan in 1947.
Image source: Quora
 

38. Last glimpse of the Father of the Nation, 1948

People climbed on electricity poles, trees to get one last glimpse of Mahatma Gandhi during his funeral procession.
Image source: Quora
 

39. Newspaper report of India's Independence, 1947

A rare image of India's independence being reported in the daily 'Times of India' in its issue dated August 15, 1947.
Image source: Quora
 

40. Driver's license, 1943

Here's a peek into how the driver's license looked in India, 1943. This one belonged to a certain Pte O'Leary.
Image source: Quora
 

41. Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore, 1930

In a rare picture we see Rabindranath Tagore and Albert Einstein together during the former's visit to Galerie Pigalle, Paris in 1930.
Image source: Quora
 

42. A R Rahman and friends

This extraordinary photograph shows a young A R Rahman along with a few extraordinary artistes. He is accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain, Siva Mani, Resul Pookutty and Akon.
Image source: Quora
 

43. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose meeting Adolf Hitler, 1941

We see a rare picture of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose meeting Nazi Dictator, Adolf Hitler. Netaji had met Hitler with the objective of overthrowing the British.
Image source: Quora
 

44. Shahrukh Khan, Kapil Dev and Sohail Khan in a match of football

A rare moment captured where we see cricketer Kapil Dev and movie stars Shahrukh Khan and Sohail Khan fight it out in a match of football.
Image source: Quora
 

45. Narayana Murthy in IIT Kanpur, 1969

In another rare picture, we find the co-founder of Infosys during his days at IIT Kanpur in 1969.
Image source: Quora
 

46. Poster of Hunger Strike by Bhagat Singh

Poster of Bhagat Singh's 115-day fast, for which the slogan was coined by Bhagat Singh himself. The poster was printed by National Art Press, Anarkali, Lahore.
Image source: Quora
 

47. Che Guevara in Delhi, 1959

We see a rare picture of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara as he is greeted by the elderly in a village near Delhi, 1959.
Image source: Quora

48. Indira Gandhi in her younger days

Rare picture of Indira Gandhi in her childhood.










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