Calcutta during the Imperial Coronation Tour of India 1911-12


An old card album leaf with four photographs [each approximately 5.5.x 3.5ins, showing scenes in Calcutta captioned and dated December 30th / 31st 1911. One image shows the Reception Pavilion with two thrones awaiting the arrival of Their Imperial Majesties and another [somewhat blurred] shows TIM driving to Church in an open landau. The other two feature the Maharaja of Cooch Behar, one particularly attractive portrait showing the young ruler with a cavalry officer and a political officer. The other side of the card has a large image [12.5 x 87.5ins] entitled “Decorations in the Red Road on the occasion of Their Imperial Majesties Visit Dec 30th to Jan 8th 1911 – 1912”. On this occasion there are crowds waiting behind barriers and in the distance a lone motor car moves along the road. Some of the animated photographs like those of Cooch Behar are probably not professional and therefore much less likely to be found again.

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