Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Aboard "Melisande", 1929



"There is magic in names. Who of us has not felt the lure hidden in such words as Samarkand, Peshawar, Khartoum, Peking - the far-flung places of the earth, which call us in our hours of dreams? So I felt about Kashmir, that beautiful vale which lies in the lower Himalaya, north of the Indian Punjab"

~ 'House-Boat Days in the Vale of Kashmir' by Florence H. Morden (photographs by Herford Tynes Cowling), for National Geographic Magazine, October 1929.

Afternoon Tea on the Upper Deck of the "Melisande'
Usually some English friends, on leave from lower India, would drop in to chat with the Americans. Old Golry flies because it happened to be Decoration Day [Memorial day/first Monday of May]. Though the Kashmiri is a skillful boat builder, he did not invent the house boat. It was introduced into the country some 40 years ago.
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Previously:
Vintage Kashmir in National Geographic Magazine

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