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Lost Mumbai: Collage of Old Photographs

collage made up of old photographs of Mumbai,then known as Bombay.
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Aye dil hai mushkil jeena yahan
Zara hat ke zara bach ke, yeh hai Bombay meri jaan
- Lines of the famous song from the movie C.I.D(1956)

The collage made up of old photographs of Mumbai,then known as Bombay.

Reading the images from top and left to right

  1. Church Gate Station (1910)
  2. Color illustration of Apolla Bunder, Bombay. The place is now known as Gateway of India
  3. Asiatic Town Hall
  4. Ballard Pier. It was once a Railway Station
  5. Kalbadevi Road
  6. Oval Maidan near Churchgate Station, 1875
  7. Three Cars and a Tonga on Queens Road
  8. Victoria Terminus (now known as Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus)
  9. Gowalia Tank
  10. Walkeshwar. The note for the color illustration reads: H.E. THE GOVERNOR OF BAMBAY DRIVING THROUGH WALKESHWAR ROAD, BOMBAY
  11. Wilson Collage, Girgaon Chopati
  12. Steam Engines at Parel Loco Shed
  13. Train at Mumbai Central Car Shed, 1950. Again from a Rail museum. The note reads: Old and New rakes stand in contrast at the Bombay Central EMU Carshed
  14. Old photograph of Victoria Terminus
  15. A train at Dadar Railway Station
  16. EMU Rake( Local Train) at Elphinstone. This image seems to be a photograph of a photograph kept at some railway museum. The note reads: BB& CI EMU Rake at Elphesten – 1930
  17. Colaba Reclamation as seen from Wodehouse Bridge. Colaba was the destination railway station of Bombay, closed in 1930
  18. Cuff Parade
  19. Colaba Reclamation
  20. No traffic worries! Bullock Carts on Mumbai Road
  21. Frontier Mail at Ballard Pier Railway Station
  22. A train passing over the Bhayandar Bridge
  23. Church Gate Station (1930)
  24. A train coming out through the Parsik Tunnel, Thane
  25. Marine Drive, 1930

Image: A cousin of mine sent me a popular running email chain containing these images in a doc file.

Thanks to the unknown original up loader!


  1. I am looking for an early photo of poet Kamala Das coming out of the ocean in Bombay in a white sort-of-bathing costume. The photo was probably published in The Illustrated Weekly in the 70's and may have been taken at Zafar's photography studio on Wodehouse Road. I would be very happy to find this picture or any information about it. Should you be th photographer that took this photo, or have any information about this photo, I would very much like to hear from you on this site.

  2. That is quite a thing you are looking for!
    I have seen a photograph of young Kamala Das in a white sari but I don’t have any information about the one you want. Still, I would suggest that you look for it in one of her Memoirs. Her book 'My Story' would be a good place to begin.

  3. I would be very interested in checking out that site - you said it was cross linked to this post - can you tell me where?

  4. Anony,
    Thanks for pointing that out! I missed out giving the link.
    Here you go:

  5. Someone cross linked this post and on following the link, I found a wonderful page that is like treasure trove comprising of articles and rare photographs of British times in India. The page is an archive (four years into making and still going) having links collected from all over the web, queries from British folks about their Raj era ancestors, collectible photographs and lot of other stuff. Although I found that some of the older links were not working, still the archive is worth a visit. [check comment above]

  6. nice blog!

    fellow razdan here!


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