Jul 31 2011
Here’s another postcard, tinted and printed about 1905-1910 and sold by Spencer & Co., a prominent department store in Madras. Nine school girls were photographed in a studio wearing nice sarees and probably more jewellery than they wore to class. I like the neat white saree with red borders, pallu in front and warp threads visible. As usual, the colors are a bit off in placement and selection, but the girls are so sweet and focused in their poses.
Looking at them one can’t help but wonder what they saw throughout the rest of their lives – surely Independence, possibly changing Madras State to Tamil Nadu a generation later, but not the contested renaming the city of Madras to Chennai in 1996.