Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kashmir, 1912

Photographs from 'Beyond the Pir Panjal life and missionary enterprise in Kashmir' by Ernest F. Neve (1914, first published in 1912). Photographs are by Dr. Neve himself unless mentioned otherwise. The rest of the photographs are by popular photographer from Sialkot R.E. Shorter (check out his kashmir work here and here). Besides Shorter, we have G. W. Millais (Geoffrey W. Millais, son of Sir John Millais, his previously featured here and here), we have famous Biscoe, and we have new names like G.W. Possnet and two very Indian, B.D. Chadda and Shiv Nath (Vishwanath?).


Crossing the Indus on a Raft of inflated Sheepskins. [More on crossing rivers on dead skin, later]
Konsa Nag, a the foot of Brahma Peaks

Mount Tatticooti, highest peak in Pir Panjal range

Saussurea, last flower found on Pir Panjal heights

Street view Anantnag/Islamabad



Kashmiri Villagers

Peasant holding Kangri

Fair at Hazrat Bal

Mar Canal.
Many old travelogues call this bridge 'Merchant's Bridge'.
This should be 'Bohri Kadal', Bohris being the Punjabi merchant class of Kashmir

(I think is should be Tsont-i-kul or Apple tree Canal?)

Shah-Hamadan








Previously posted here from a year 1904 book but now identified to have been shot by  R.E. Shorter (which also means that the photographs posted here are actually probably a decade or so older that the stated 1912)

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