Peshawar and the Cherat hill station at the turn of the century

[British Indian Army]. Photograph album of the British Indian Army.

[Pakistan, ca. 1910].

Oblong folio (334 x 245 mm). 15 (plus 9 blank) ff. With 123 silver gelatin prints. Contemporary half blue cloth and patterned boards.


A thorough photographic collection of the British Indian Army, likely the 1st Peshawar Division, which would place the collection between 1903 and 1919. Like many British Indian Army divisions, the soldiers are both British and Indian troops: in the opening pages of the album, British and Indian soldiers face off in a friendly football match. Most photographs are taken at the important British hill station of Cherat, which operated as a sanitarium and general health station for British troops stationed in malaria-prone Peshawar. The Cherat scenes include the snowy post office, the parade ground with a guard mid-march, views of the hills, and men at rest and playing with dogs and puppies. More active scenes show men in the field, and artillery hauled by truck or steam engine. Included are many interesting views of Peshawar city around the turn of the century, taken from the College and the Native Police Headquarters. Other photos show the Native Police Headquarters themselves, troops waiting at the train station to leave Peshawar for Nowshera, and the famous gates of the city.

Exterior wear to album, a few hints of minor creasing or edgewear in the margins of photographs.

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