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Old Ceylon in Photo’s

Since my first blog post of old beautiful photo’s of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) I have been on a bit of a mission to find more.

Here are some of the fruits of my search mostly of Colombo…

Main Street, Pettah (date unknown)
Main Street, Pettah (date unknown)
Main Street, Colombo. Circa 1860
Main Street, Colombo. Circa 1860
General Post Office - 1910
General Post Office – 1910

The one below is a favourite – just love the guy in the colonial outfit 🙂

Galle Face, Colombo (date unknown)
Galle Face, Colombo (date unknown)
Galle Face, Colombo (date unknown)
Galle Face, Colombo (date unknown)
Galle Face From the Clock Tower, Colombo. Circa.1865
Galle Face From the Clock Tower, Colombo. Circa.1865
Kollupitiya, Colombo (date unknown)
Kollupitiya, Colombo (date unknown)
Kollupitiya, Colombo (date unknown)
Kollupitiya, Colombo (date unknown)
Colombo Harbour and a Street in Pettah (date unknown)
Colombo Harbour and a Street in Pettah (date unknown)
Colombo Harbour and Breakwater in the Moonlight (date unknown)
Colombo Harbour and Breakwater in the Moonlight (date unknown)
Chatham Street, Colombo. Circa.1860
Chatham Street, Colombo. Circa.1860
York Street, Colombo  (date unknown)
York Street, Colombo (date unknown)

Brilliant aren’t they?

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