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Of Town Halls & Tram Cars in the 50’s

Of Town Halls & Tram Cars in the 50’s

An Electric Tram Car near Gas Paha Handiya, Colombo in 1950’s with the old Town Hall in the background. Once known as Gasworks Street, Gas Paha Handiya was a hive of activity even in the 50’s as it is today. The building on left is Old Town Hall. Built in…
The Mountains from Pallekelly c.1890

The Mountains from Pallekelly c.1890

‘The Mountains from Pallekelly’ by Alexander Henry Hallam Murray c.1890. The picture shows the Upper Storey of ‘Vada Sitina Maligawa’ or the Dwelling Palace at the Temple of the tooth with a Buddhist monk & a group of laymen venerating the tooth relic. Murray travelled extensively in Europe and the…
Chitrasena – “One of the most virile dancers of any nation we have seen” – Sydney Daily Herald

Chitrasena – “One of the most virile dancers of any nation we have seen” – Sydney Daily Herald

Chitrasena performing outside the R&I Bank, Barrack Street, Perth, February 1972. Deshamanya Chitrasena (born Amaratunga Arachige Maurice Dias) (26 January 1921 – 18 July 2005) was a dancer from Sri Lanka, internationally known for his work in establishing a modern Sri Lankan tradition of dance and popularising traditional Sri Lankan dance forms worldwide. He…
Tea Estate in Ceylon in 1920’s

Tea Estate in Ceylon in 1920’s

Probably a morning sight of a Tea Estate in Ceylon in 1920’s with the Tea Pluckers (called coolies sometimes) & Kankanis (supervisors) gathered at the factory premises with probably one of the first few automobiles reaching the highlands.
Prince Street, Fort mid 1950’s

Prince Street, Fort mid 1950’s

View from Main Street, Pettah in mid 50’s, looking beyond the Prince Street – which is now called Sir Baron Jayathilaka Mawatha, Gafoor Building & Leyden Bastian Rd on the right. Times of Ceylon building on the left & the Cargills building could be seen centre-far. Apart from the marques…
Royalty at Temple of the Tooth – 1901

Royalty at Temple of the Tooth – 1901

Buddhist priests exhibiting Buddha’s tooth in the Temple of Kandy to the Duke and Duchess of York, on 11th May 1901 during their tour of Ceylon as published in The Graphic. The caption is The Royal Tour : Buddhist Priests Exhibiting Buddha’s Tooth in the Temple at Kandy The body…
When TWA started Flying Ceylon

When TWA started Flying Ceylon

Article on the first ever scheduled direct flight from US to Ceylon in the 1953 Jan 15 edition of TWA Skyliner Magazine, the Trans World Employee Publication. Announcing the first ever scheduled direct flight from US to Ceylon by TWA from 03rd Feb 1953. The first ever scheduled direct flight…
Ceylonese & Blind

Ceylonese & Blind

A blind Sinhalese boy, who came especially from Ceylon to consult Mr. W T Parish for Spiritual treatment leaves after the first treatment led by  Mrs. Peggy Parish, who assists her husband in his Spiritual healing activities – 1940. Photograph by – Kurt Lubinski (1899-1969) Having worked for a railroad…
Maha Sohona

Maha Sohona

Maha Sohona (Sinhala: මහ සොහොනා) is a demon (yaka or yakseya) in Sinhalese folklore, who is said to haunt cemeteries. The name Maha Sohona means “great graveyard demon” or “demon of the cemetery” in the Sinhala language. It is one of the most feared demons in Sri Lanka. Originally a…
‘Puttalam Elephants’ 1944

‘Puttalam Elephants’ 1944

‘Puttalam Elephants’ 1944 – at HMS Rajaliya as the Puttalam airfield was called during World War II – a painting by Robert Taylor – a British artist who specialises in aviation paintings. Now hanging at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, England shows a Fleet Air Arm crew based…