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The Post Office, Calcutta

The Post Office, Calcutta

Photographer: Stretton, W.G.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 355/1(9)

Item number: 35519

Length: 18.2

Width: 26.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph by W. G. Stretton taken in the 1870s, part of the Dunlop Smith Collection: Sir Charles Aitchison Album of Views in India and Burma. Calcutta General Post Office was built in the 1860s in Dalhousie Square, now renamed Benoy Badal Dinesh Bagh, after three Indian freedom-fighters. The building was designed by Walter B. Grenville and erected on the old Fort William site. Dalhousie Square, originally Tank Square, so named because it was built around the large spring-fed tank which supplied the majority of the city with its water, became the main administrative area of the city, and still remains so to this day.

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