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Calcutta ephemera : visual imagery of a colonial city, 1775-1925 /

Calcutta ephemera :  visual imagery of a colonial city, 1775-1925 /
DK Number:DK-268483
ISBN: 9789386186096
Title: Calcutta ephemera : visual imagery of a colonial city, 1775-1925 /
Author: Amit Roy.
Imprint: Kolkata : Parul,
Physical Desc.: 348 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour), map (colour) ; 28 cm
Year: 2016
Price: USD 112.70
Subject Strings: Printed ephemera--India--Kolkata--Pictorial works.
  Commercial documents--India--Kolkata--Pictorial works.
  Kolkata (India)--Commerce--History--19th century--Sources--Pictorial works.
  Kolkata (India)--Commerce--History--20th century--Sources--Pictorial works.
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It is a unique work of its kind trying to explore the Calcutta of colonial era (1775-1925) through a wide range of ephemerals – largely the scraps, discarded materials, or other worthless trivia. In profiling what the author calls “the visual chronicle” of this colonial city, now called Kolkata, the book includes billboards posters, handbills, trade cards, legal documents, municipal assessment reports, house rent bills, advertisements, and a host of other things that informed daily life of Calcutta. The exhibits, presented here, have been painstakingly collected by the author, over the years, forming his personal archive. Besides comprehensive prefatory notes, the author has occasionally taken recourse to short introductions to place the objects in their true historical context. Calcutta Ephemeral can also be seen as an attempt to set out an alternative viewpoint to the mainstream discourse.

Amit Roy (b. 1943) is a practicing advocate at the Calcutta High Court. He is a life member of Asiatic Society, Calcutta.

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Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
Preface11
Introduction13
Early Advertisements (1780-1850)21
Law24
Pattas26
Municipal and Civic Calcutta27
Printers and Printing Presses28
Trade and Commerce33
Victorian Emporia50
Taverns, Punch Houses and Hotels56
Book Sellers58
Firearms Sellers and Gunmakers61
Confectioners and provisioners63
Music Instrument Sellers65
The Peninsular and oriental Steam Navigation66
Chemists and Druggists67
Bonds and Shares69
Notes and references72
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