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Reading room ['Times of India'], - November 1898.

Reading room ['Times of India'], - November 1898.

Photographer: E.O.S. and Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1898

Shelfmark: Photo 643/(13)

Item number: 131

Length: 19.2

Width: 24.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Print by E.O.S. and Company showing workers in the reading room of the Times of India newspaper at Mumbai taken on the occasion of the newspaper's Diamond Jubilee (60 years), November 1898. The newspaper was established in the 1830s following Lord Metcalfe's Act of 1835 which removed restrictions on the liberty of the Indian press. On the 3rd November 1838 the 'Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce' was launched in bi-weekly editions, on Saturdays and Wednesdays. It contained news of Europe, America and the sub-continent and was conveyed between India and Europe via regular steam ships. From 1850 the paper appeared in daily editions and in 1861 the 'Bombay Times' became the 'Times of India'. By the end of the 19th century the paper employed 800 people and had a wide circulation in India and Europe.

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