Old Lahore – Late Justice Bhalla’s rare postcard collection….

Courtesy his son, my friend Ajit Bhalla in Geneva who estimates the postcards to be abour 100 years old. Each is captioned in the top left coner.

7 responses to “Old Lahore – Late Justice Bhalla’s rare postcard collection….

  1. Can I get in touch with your friend and help him produce higher quality and resolution scans of these postcards?

    They can then be shared online in a much better format?

  2. Lt Col (r) Ejaz Nazim

    1. Extremely valuable pictures! Our thanks to Mr Bhalla and Mr Raza Rumi for sharing them with us.
    2. Photographs were obviously tinted by hand, but appear to be paintings;
    can this quality be maintained after higher resolution scans?

  3. Certainly…a good scan does nothing to alter the baisc image but only brings out the nuances and details or the original.

    I haven’t had any luck here either though!


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  6. Nice to see these post cards.

    Raphael Tuck & Sons of London were the world’s premiere early postcard publisher. Tucks published its first Christmas cards in 1871 and first postcards, like many other firms, in 1898. The firm was a regular supplier of Christmas cards to Queen Victoria, and could boast the title “Art Publishers to Their Majesties the King & Queen.”

    Tucks reminds us that photographs were not the only source of images for postcards. Tucks cards are distinctive for their gorgeous use of color, from delicate impressionistic hues to thick brushstrokes of color. Their originals were in fact paintings, though not all Tucks cards are in color.

    Tucks India cards start appearing around 1905. The many geographic and thematic series cover most major cities and regions. The numbering was very confusing. They came with detailed descriptive captions unlike those of any other publisher.

    These cards are published under “Raphael Tuck & Sons’ “OILETTE” [Regd.] as “The WIDE – WIDE – WORLD, Lahore Series”

    You can visit a collection of these cards at: http://goo.gl/eAkf0

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