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Paper Jewels - Postcards from the Raj
--August, 2018

by Omar Khan

The story of postcards during the Raj covers India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
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Category: Art, Heritage, Painting, Reference
Tags: Postcards, British Raj, Postcard Publishers
 
IN STOCK
229 x 305 mm | 9 x 12 in
Hardcover | 364 pages
519 colour illustrations
ISBN:
978-81-89995-85-0 (Mapin)

 
PRICE:
Rs.3,500.00  | $65.00  | £45.00
 
 
 
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Table of contents

● Introduction

● Kolkata: Calcutta
    • Darjeeling

● Benaras: Varanasi

● Bombay: Mumbai
    •  Ravi Varma Press
    •  M V Dhurandhar

● Kashmir

● Delhi
    • Agra
    • Simla

● Lahore
   • Amritsar
   • Muree

● Karachi
   • Sindh
   • Balochistan

● Jeypore: Jaipur

● Madras: Chennai
   • Bangalore: Bengaluru 
   • Ooty: Udagamandalam
   • Malabar

● Ceylon: Sri Lanka

● North-West Frontier Province: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 

● Independence

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Description

Postcards were to the people in 1900 what the Internet was to the world in 2000. Postcards can be thought of as the world’s first mass transfusion of images. The world went from thousand to a billion postcards in a very short span of time, with the finest painters from India, Austria and Japan getting involved.

Paper Jewels is the story of postcards during the Raj, and covers India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Burma. It is the first book on the subject and contains some of the most beautiful and popular postcards telling the stories of the first postcard publishers between 1892 and 1947. The essays cover the major cities and regions important to postcard publishing and key themes- from dancers to religion, to tea, soap, famines, fakirs, humour and warfare.

The volume uncovers such gems as the early postcards of the great Indian painter M V Dhurandhar and the Ravi Varma Press, the exceptional work of an early Austrian lithographer in Kolkata to a German one in Mumbai. Many of the images in the book have never been published since their first runs a century ago.

Published in association with The Alkazi Collection of Photography.

Please visit www.paperjewels.org to find out more about the book, events & exhibitions.

 

About the author

Omar Khan grew up in Vienna, Austria and Islamabad, Pakistan. Khan has researched early photography throughout the subcontinent and is the author of From Kashmir to Kabul: The Photographs of John Burke and William Baker 1860–1900 (Mapin). He works as a software executive in San Francisco.

 

 
 

Praise

The publication of this unique collection of Indian postcards, painstakingly compiled and researched...constitutes a fascinating and evocative account of the social, cultural, economic and photographic environments in which they were produced.” 

John Falconer, author and former 
Curator of Photographs, The British Library 

 

 

“Omar Khan’s expansive and scrupulous presentation offers not only visual fascination and immense pleasure but also numerous insights into the cultural and political worlds within which these humble messengers moved.” 

Christopher Pinney
Professor of Anthropology and Visual 
Culture, University College London

 

 

“The fruits of his labour of love, the author interweaves painstaking research with his charming personal history. Paper Jewels is a page-turner and will be a treasure to cherish.”

Partha Mitter, writer and 
historian of art and culture 

 

 

“Omar Khan’s Paper Jewels is a refreshing account of the Raj, brought to life through a delightful collection of postcards, each of which captures, in vibrant detail, the local flavours of the time and opens windows into enchanting forgotten worlds. More than a must-read, it is a must-have volume!”

Shashi Tharoor, author 
and Member of Parliament

 

 

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