Vintage Madras

I found these vintage photographs when I was clearing up my mail. I must admit that I don’t know who took them and whom I should acknowledge at all. But they seem like excellent archival material and no Chennaiite should be deprived from viewing them. So if anyone knows where these photographs are from, please let us know.

Ambulances lined up Madras 1940

Bank of Madras 1935

Car Showroom Madras 1913

Madras Marina Beach 1913

Madras Market (Kothaval Chawadi) 1939

Madras Library with college students 1913

Mylapore Chennai 1939

DISCLAIMER: If you think someone has to be given credit for these photographs, do let us know.

4 Comments so far

  1. Varun (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 1:51 pm

    Good collection. I also got one set of old Chennai, Kolkatta photos, recieved through chain mails. Do you have any old photos of Chennai port?

  2. randramble (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 7:26 pm

    The college students one was amusing!

  3. G V Balasubramanian (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 1:30 am

    These photos are part of Vintage Vignettes Collection. According to Hindu of October 28, 2002

    ” The Vintage Vignettes collection, at one time more popularly called the Harry Miller collection, dates to the period between the 1890s and the early 1930s and its story has been related in these pages before. Apart from those probably responsible for taking the pictures — Wiele, an Englishman, Theodor Klein’s, a German, Michael Peyerl, another German who succeeded Wiele, and Erwin Drinneberg, Klein’s brother-in-law, who was on holiday in India in the late 1920s — there were at the time several other photographers in Madras such as Nicholas & Co, the City Photo Stores, Willie Burkes and Linnaeus Tripe, who took similar photographs, Elizabeth Drinneberg, Klein’s sister, who gifted over 500 negatives to the J & F. von Partheim Stiftung in Heidelberg, Germany, in the 1970s.

    The pictures, 1,500 or so glass plates, large and small, neatly stored in wooden boxes, are now with Vintage Vignettes, a five-man partnership.”

    The kutcheribuzz site also attributes these photographs to Vintage Vignettes. Please visit the site for more photos of Vintage Madras

  4. babuji (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 5:38 am

    really nice collection

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