Beautiful Old Photo’s of Sri Lanka

When you come across treasures like these it’s a disgrace not to share. Thanks to my dear friend Asanthika for sharing them with me.

1894 - Bentota Bridge from Aluthgama

1894 – Bentota Bridge from Aluthgama

Galle Road - 1880

Galle Road – 1880

Coconut tree climbers

Coconut tree climbers

A Tamil family - lovely and fascinating people with hearts of gold

A Tamil family – lovely and fascinating people with hearts of gold

Buddhist Singhalese living on the river

Buddhist Singhalese living on the river (Ratnapura Lake – famed for its gems)

Predecessor of the famous three-wheeler (tuk tuk)?

Predecessor of the famous three-wheeler (tuk tuk)?

Stunning photo of an elephant pulling an aeroplane

Stunning photo of an elephant pulling an aeroplane

Snake charmers - could be done to entertain visitors (perhaps some white people?) or for religious reasons mainly in the Tamil religion

Snake charmers – could be done to entertain visitors (perhaps some white people with the cameras?) or for religious reasons mainly in the Tamil religion

Stunning photos. I am chuffed that I was allowed to share these. More to follow soon.

“To me the beauty of Ceylon lies not so much in its blue seas and golden beaches, its jungles and its mountain peaks, as in its ancient atmosphere. There is no nation, from Egypt of the Pharaohs to modern Britian, in whose literature this island has not at some time been mentioned by one or other of its many names — Lanka, Serendib, Taprobane, Cellao, Zellan, to recall a few. History lies buried in its sands, and ghosts of romance lurk among its bastioned rocks, for Lanka is very, very old.”
– D. J. G. Hennessy, GREEN AISLES, 1949

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8 responses to “Beautiful Old Photo’s of Sri Lanka

  1. magerata

    Very nice! I love old photos of people, currently hooked on old photos of Japanese kind! (I meant real photos, not reprints or images) I must learn more about these photos from you.

  2. I’m trying to find out more myself! I’ll let you know when I have more info…

  3. Nice. If you want more, visit Plate on Galle Rd, Colombo 3. They have stacks and stacks and sell prints.

    http://www.platelimited.com/location.html

  4. Wicked thanks Jack! Love this stuff 🙂

  5. Brett

    Great shots. Everything and everyone looks so photogenic in those times.

  6. Thanks Brett. Don’t they just. There’s more to follow – just trying to find a bit of history behind the pictures – not the easiest of tasks unfortunately.

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