Kerala: Ninety Years Ago
These images tell us how much Kerala has changed over the past century. The snaps, kept at the University of California's digital library, were taken by the photographers of Klein & Pearl Studio in Madras. Information about the photographers is not available. The only available data is that the photos depicted the life in Malabar 90 years ago. They were collected by the Basel Mission. (Copyright: Mission 21/Basel Mission).
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A house in the middle of paddy fields (1921)

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A boatman (01.09.1921)

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Students of a seminary

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Girl students with Rev Renz (1901)

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Women weaving coconut leaves (1921)

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Fishermen (1892)

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A horse-drawn carriage

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The Muslim women of Malabar (1901)

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A Theeya woman bathing in a pond

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A Nair girl

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A Cheruma woman (1930)

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Nair women (31.07.1914)

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Syrian Christian women (1912)

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Muslims (31.07.1914)

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A Nair woman of Malabar (1914)

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Muslim women walking on the street with their faces covered

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An affluent family in Malabar

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A Brahmin family (31.05.1902)

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Nair girls at a Thalappoli (1914)

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Christian women of Malabar (1902)

 

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Fields being prepared for sowing seeds (1901)

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A street (1926)

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Carpenters (31.07.1914)

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Women pounding paddy

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People engaged in various works (01.05.1902)

 

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A Sunday school

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Fields being prepared (31.05.1902)

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Blacksmiths

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Works at the kitchen (31.07.1914)

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Fishermen on the sea shore (1921)

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Workers at a coconut farm

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A labourer (01.09.1921)

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Children writing alphabets in sand (31.05.1902)

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Girl students posing for a photo (31.07.1914)

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Theyyam (1901)

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Sale of earthen pots (1914)

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Devotees going to Kannadipparamba temple carrying offerings (1902)

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A patient (31.05.1901)

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A filariasis patient admitted at the Calicut Mission Hospital (1902)

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1914

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Coconut tree climbers

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A woman wearing 'kathilola' (traditional earrings) (1912)

 

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1905

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Children (1895)

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Fields being prepared

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