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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

River in the Raj: 1900s

River in the Raj: 1900s

        UPDATE: The location, supplied by Shorpy commenter Downtown Dave, is Madras Central Railway Station in India.

This uncaptioned 5x7 glass negative from the Detroit Publishing archive looks to be far afield from that company's usual stomping grounds. Where in the world are we? Let the crowdsource geolocation countdown commence! View full size.

 

Wm. H. Jackson

William Henry Jackson made a trip to photograph India as part of his work with the World's Transportation Commission.

I wonder why

Nobody is wearing Madras plaid.

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