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Vintage Bombay Pics


Vintage Bombay Pics

Mumbai, formerly called Bombay, is India’s financial powerhouse It is the capital city of the state of Maharashtra in India, and it’s the most populous city in India. As the 4th most populous city in the world and one of the populous urban regions in the world. Mumbai has a metro population of about 21 million. The city has the highest GDP among all Indian cities and accounts for the largest share of tax paid to the government.

With an ever-growing population, Mumbai has been grappling with its infrastructure which proves to be quite inadequate considering the pace at which the city’s traffic congestion, housing, etc. are growing.

Mumbai is one of the top cities of opportunity, the city needs improvement across many parameters, like infrastructure, cleanliness and health,

The seven islands of Bombay were 16th century Portuguese territories lying off the west coast of India, that were handed over to England under this title as part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza when she married Charles II in 1661. The isles had earlier been part of indigenous empires like the Silhara dynasty and the Sultan of Gujarat before they were captured by the Portuguese in 1534. After acquiring them as dowry, Charles II rented the islands to the East India Company in 1668 for 10 pounds of gold a year. By 1845, the islands had been merged into one landmass by means of multiple island reclamation projects. The resulting island of Bombay was later merged with the nearby islands of Trombay and Salsette that lay to its North-east and North respectively to form Greater Bombay. These islands now constitute the southern part of the city of Mumbai.

The original islands handed over to England were as follows:

  • Isle of Bombay
  • Colaba
  • Old Woman’s Island (Little Colaba)
  • Mahim
  • Mazagaon
  • Parel
  • Worli

Vintage Bombay 7 Islands
Vintage Bombay 7 Islands

 

Apart from the seven island above there are several smaller islands that lay to the East of the main seven islands, namely:

  • Elephanta Island, also known as Gharapuri
  • Butcher Island
  • Middle Ground
  • Oyster Rock
  • East Ground
  • Cross Island

Let us take a nostalgic journey back it time and have a look at some of the beautiful and  famous British built architectures and landmark places in our Bombay of old. Below are some cherished vintage Bombay pics.

Mumba Devi Temple

Mumba Devi Temple

Dedicated to the Goddess Mumba, a local incarnation of the Devi, the Mumba Devi Temple is a six-century old structure and is responsible for giving Mumbai its name. Mumbai is a combination of ‘Mumbā’ and aī, Marathi for “mother”.

Apollo Bunder Bombay

Apollo Bunder Bombay              

 

Old Churchgate Station - 1910

Old Churchgate Station – 1910

 

Church Gate Station Bombay
Church Gate Station Bombay – circa 1990’s

 

VT - Terminus - Bombay

VT – Terminus – Bombay

 

University Bombay - Fort Campus 1870s
University Bombay – Fort Campus 1870s



Rajabai Tower and University Hall – at the time of Completion
Rajabai Tower and University Hall – at the time of Completion

 

Crawford Market with Tram Lines
Crawford Market with Tram Lines

 

Colaba Causeway - Bombay
Colaba Causeway – Bombay

 

Coloba Sea face - Bombay
Coloba Sea face – Bombay

 

Dadar Station Bombay
Dadar Station Bombay

 

Bombay High Court
Bombay High Court – Bombay

Flora Fountain - 1904
Flora Fountain – 1904

 

Bombay Malabar Hill
Bombay Malabar Hill

Lamington Road Bombay
Lamington Road Bombay

 

Oval Maidan Bombay
Oval Maidan Bombay

 

Elphinstone Circle - Bombay

Elphinstone Circle – Bombay

 

Bombay Yacht Club
Royal Bombay Yacht Club

 

Wilson College Bombay
Wilson College Bombay

One of the oldest colleges in India, the Wison built in 1832, is a structure built in Victorian Gothic style and is known for elevated first floor classrooms with teak wood trusses.

 

National Bank of Bombay 1860s
National Bank of Bombay 1860s

 

Byculla Church - Bombay
Byculla Church – Bombay

 

Memorial Church Colaba Bombay - Circa 1950s
Memorial Church Colaba Bombay – Circa 1950s

Bombay Town side, 1960s
Bombay Town side, 1960s

 

Elphinston Circle - 1900
Elphinston Circle – 1900
Bombay Flora Fountain c1900
Bombay Flora Fountain c1900

 

Bombay VT - Town Side circa 1950
Bombay VT – Town Side circa 1950

 

University of Bombay - circa 1870
University of Bombay – circa 1870

Bombay Crawford Market - 19th Centruy.
Bombay Crawford Market – 19th Century

 

Holy Name Church - Woodehouse Coloba
Holy Name Church 1873 – Woodehouse Coloba, Bombay

 

Pydhoni Bombay c1900
Pydhoni Bombay c1900

 

Dry Goods Store in Bombay - c1920s

Dry Goods Store in Bombay – c1920s

 

BMC Headquaters - Bombay - c1890s

BMC Headquarters – Bombay – c1890s

 

Bombay Police - 1855-1862s
Bombay Police – 1855-1862s

 

Bombay Borah Bazaar Street - 1875
Bombay Borah Bazaar Street – 1875

 

Busy Street Scene at Crawford market– circa 1880s
Busy Street Scene at Crawford market– circa 1880s

Busy Street Scene at Crawford market– circa 1880s
Busy Street Scene at Crawford market– circa 1880s

 

Elphinstone College and Sassoon Library – Late 19th Century
Elphinstone College and Sassoon Library – Late 19th Century

 

Victoria Station (VT) 1870
Victoria Station (VT) 1870

1940's-Crawford Market
1940’s-Crawford Market

 

Bombay DN Road Fort
Bombay DN Road Fort

 

Bombay VT ariel view

Bombay VT ariel view

 

Prince of Wales Museum
Prince of Wales Museum

 

Hornby Road in Mumbai, circa 1930.

Hornby Road in Mumbai, circa 1930.

 

Circa 1912: A sea angling festival in progress on Marine Drive, Scarborough.
Circa 1912: A sea angling festival in progress on Marine Drive, Scarborough.

Circa 1955 The Central Telephone Building - Bombay
Circa 1955 The Central Telephone Building – Bombay

 

Circa 1955 The Central Telephone Building - Bombay
Circa 1955 The Central Telephone Building – Bombay

 

 

BMC building, circa 1900. - Bombay

BMC building, circa 1900. – Bombay

 

A view of, Flora Fountain and Rampart Row, Mumbai, with Watson’s Hotel on the right, circa 1890.

A view of, Flora Fountain and Rampart Row, Mumbai, with Watson’s Hotel on the right  circa 1890

 

Pyhioni 1952 - Bombay
Pyhioni 1952 – Bombay

 

Rajabai Tower 1880
Rajabai Tower 1880

 

 

P M Road - Bombay Fort side 1947
P M Road – Bombay Fort side 1947

 

Dadar Station 1900
Dadar Station 1900

 

Metro Cinema 1947jpg
Metro Cinema 1947

 

Bombay 1952 - A BEST double-decker Tram in Bombay
Bombay 1952 – A BEST double-decker Tram in Bombay

 

Vintage 1952- A BEST double-decker bus in Bombay
Vintage 1952- A BEST double-decker bus in Bombay. They were introduced in 1937 to cope better with the growing traffic 

 

Bombay Victoria Terminus 1880
Bombay Victoria Terminus 1880

 

Old village at Girguam

Old village at Girguam, locality of Maharashtrian community

 

Bombay Town Hall and Asiatic Society, c. 1900
Bombay Town Hall and Asiatic Society, c. 1900

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