7 thoughts on “Rare Images”

  1. Thank you Sam for sharing .Vijay’s compilation is a variety of interesting things.It is a great reminder of life over the ages.Of names, there is nothing to beat the Indian chiefs.!The old shark definitely looks long in the tooth but most of all,the letter of the trapped miner to his wife and children is what life on earth is all about.A thoroughly enjoyable collection of many yesterdays.! Eddie.


  2. Thank you Sam, that was fascinating.
    – Does the Delhi Durbar guard on the right look a little acromegalic? Look at his hands.
    – Re the oldest living thing (tree) in the world in South Africa – there is a historic tree in Sri Lanka reputed to be at least 500 years older – planted circa 250 BCE.

    Eddie, I used to think these Indian names were so strange until I realized that they were the English equivalents of their actual names, given to them by the white settlers. Their authentic American Indian names would/could have been more poetical and pretty. For example, in Longfellow’s poem, Hiawatha’s wife’s Indian name is “Minnehaha” (so pretty and lilting) – in English “Laughing Water” (so prosaic). And don’t you think “Udarata Menike” is prettier than the prosaic “Mountain (Upcountry) Girl”? So much beauty is lost in translation.


    1. Hi Anoja, I agree with what you say about the English translation of the names of Indian Chiefs, and yes for Minnie haha.! It depends on how attractive the sound of names are.In a sartorial sense ,it could well be ” Mini Ha ha.”.As for Udarata Menike, yes if you comprehend the language. The 1500 year old tree, has 15 children holding outstretched hands for just half it’s diameter.It is really impressive and it is not a Baobab too.Regards. Eddie.


  3. Thanks Sam for sharing these old photos. They are interesting , sad and thought provoking.

    Imagine what would people say looking at todays pictures even 50 years from now. The modern technology may appear to be primitive.



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