India - Beautiful City Of Calcutta In 1947 In Picture

Cacutta In 1947

Calcutta is one of the most beautiful city in India.  Here we have a collection of old photographs which brings back many old memories of the city.  These pictures are from 1947.

Chowringhee Street: Calcutta's main thoroughfare, an amazing parade of fascinating sights and sounds. Every soldier who has trod its length retains memories of one of the most colorful and interesting streets in the world.

Hooghly river and part of Calcutta's east bank.  But for this giant stream Calcutta would likely never have been built---and for that matter, many of us would just as soon it hadn't.  Nevertheless the river affords many spectacles and has accommodated millions of tons of supplies necessary to the war effort.

Aerial view of Calcutta downtown.  In upper left background is Hindustan building, U.S. Army HQ.  The oldest part of the city starts at the esplanade and extends upwards.  The city was founded in the early 1700's.

Hindustan building, one of the most modern in Calcutta, was built for an insurance company but occupied upon its completion by the U.S. Army.  Locate in the heart of the city, it is the nerve center of all military business, containing post office, finance office, Base Section offices, air, rail booking offices, a radio station, giant post exchange, officers mess and living quarters, signal offices and others.

Native madman is allowed to roam the streets naked, accosting cars, sitting down in middle of the street or anything else that takes his fancy.  How he escapes being run down or run in by the law is one of India's mysteries.

Chowringhee Square.  The Mohammedan mosque, Juma Masjid, is shown at left.  This is actually one of the quiet moments when GI trucks, taxis, bicycles and other modes of transport can move with comparative freedom.

Calcutta's traffic is usually snarled.  And the reasons are clearly shown.  Shuffling coolies and pedestrians with little regard for their lives seem completely oblivious to the perils of automotive traffic.

The Jain temple, Parashnath Mandir, is Calcutta's gaudiest and most elaborate temple.  The Jains are a sect of the Hindus, a great many of whom belong to the money-lending class, are shrewd and frequently wealthy. Jains do not believe in taking a life, often even wear a nostril veil to prevent inhaling of insects

Indicative of the resumption of an age-old struggle for decent conditions is this immediate post-war picture of tram-workers on strike.  The strike lasted nine days but employees won par of their demands

This cocoanut market on Cornwallis Street is a sample of the haphazard way in which many bazaars are operated. Indian indulges the popular pauses for refreshment in central foreground drinking coconut milk.

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kerlynb 4 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

Have to vote your hub awesome, beautiful and up! 1947 is the year my daddy was born and though we're not Indians I still find it fascinating how this neighboring Asian country looked like at that time. I like the picture of how the carabaos (that's how we call these animals in the Philippines) roam the streets. I can still find this same view in some parts of India until today :) Interesting!


GOAPL BORA 4 years ago

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ravi1991 2 years ago from Lucknow, India

Calcutta ! My dream city !

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