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Lanka Collection

Background imageLanka Collection: Poster advertising Air Ceylon

Poster advertising Air Ceylon -- fly the sapphire service. A man rides on an elephant, while a distant plane flies overhead

Background imageLanka Collection: Map of Ceylon showing tea industry plantations

Map of Ceylon showing tea industry plantations
Map of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) showing tea industry plantations. Date: circa 1920

Background imageLanka Collection: Sri Lanka - Ceylon. Her tea and other industries

Sri Lanka - Ceylon. Her tea and other industries
A larger version of this uncommon pictorial poster map was originally published by the Ceylon Tea Propaganda Board in 1933

Background imageLanka Collection: Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 1671

Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 1671
The Dutch fort at Jaffna at the northern extremity of the island. The solid defences indicate that the Europeans expect to be attacked at any moment

Background imageLanka Collection: Zebras Pull Mazawattee

Zebras Pull Mazawattee
Four zebras in harness pull a Mazawattee tea cart -- purely for publicity purposes, we understand!

Background imageLanka Collection: Mount Lavinia Hotel, Mount Lavinia, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Mount Lavinia Hotel, Mount Lavinia, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Mount Lavinia Hotel and seashore, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Date: circa 1920

Background imageLanka Collection: Native stall, Ceylon Sri Lanka, circa 1880s

Native stall, Ceylon Sri Lanka, circa 1880s. Date: circa 1880s

Background imageLanka Collection: Map / Asia / Sri Lanka 1719

Map / Asia / Sri Lanka 1719
ISLE DE CEYLAN and southern India

Background imageLanka Collection: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Date: circa 1910

Background imageLanka Collection: SRI LANKA. ANURADHAPURA. Sigiriya. Sigiriya Rock

SRI LANKA. ANURADHAPURA. Sigiriya. Sigiriya Rock. The stairway above the Lion Gate

Background imageLanka Collection: Ox-pulled wagon - Lipton Tea Company

Ox-pulled wagon - Lipton Tea Company
Colombo, Sri Lanka - a wagon of the Lipton Ltd. Tea company bearing a mass of wooden tea chests and pulled by a pair of white oxen. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageLanka Collection: Sri Lanka - Galle - Galle Face Hotel

Sri Lanka - Galle - Galle Face Hotel

Background imageLanka Collection: Poster advertising Orient Line to Australia

Poster advertising Orient Line to Australia
Poster advertising the Orient Line to Australia, via Italy, Egypt and Ceylon

Background imageLanka Collection: Galle, Sri Lanka, 1671

Galle, Sri Lanka, 1671
Panoramic view of Galle, in southern Sri Lanka. The Dutch fort can be seen at the end of causeway, and they seem to have fortified the town very thoroughly

Background imageLanka Collection: Tamil girl, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) circa 1890

Tamil girl, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) circa 1890. Date: circa 1890

Background imageLanka Collection: Jungle, Sri Lanka

Jungle, Sri Lanka
Parasitic plants in the Sri Lanka jungle Date: 1913

Background imageLanka Collection: Playing the Rabana drum - Sinhalese - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Playing the Rabana drum - Sinhalese - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Playing the Rabana drum - Sinhalese people - Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Maha (big) Rabana or Banku (bench) Rabana, played by two or more people at a time is used at wedding festivals

Background imageLanka Collection: Sri Lanka - Hindu Ascetic - Incredibly long hair

Sri Lanka - Hindu Ascetic - Incredibly long hair
Sri Lanka - Hindu Ascetic Sadhu with incredibly long hair, worn in thick dreadlocks called jata. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageLanka Collection: Barrabool - P&O Line (one class only)

Barrabool - P&O Line (one class only) - England-Egypt-Ceylon (Sri Lanka)-Australia service - twin-screw vessel. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageLanka Collection: Buy Empire every day

Buy Empire every day
Empire Marketing Board 1927-1933 poster, Buy Empire Every Day - Tea from Ceylon and Salmon from Canada Date: 1927-1933

Background imageLanka Collection: Poster depicting Colombo, Ceylon

Poster depicting Colombo, Ceylon
Poster for the Empire Marketing Board, depicting dock workers loading and unloading cargo at Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Background imageLanka Collection: Galle - Sri Lanka

Galle - Sri Lanka
Galle, viewed from the harbour, Sri Lanka. A famous Test cricket ground, Galle was devastated by the Tsunami of 2004. The cricket ground is alongside the Portuguese Fort, rebuilt in the 17th century

Background imageLanka Collection: Jatayus Fights Ravana

Jatayus Fights Ravana
Jatayus, king of the vultures, tries to rescue Sita from the demon Ravana who is carrying her off to Sri Lanka. Sita throws her jewellery to earth as a sign for Rama

Background imageLanka Collection: Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
The Dutch fort at Batticaloa, on the east coast of the island. The solid defences are evidence that the Europeans expect to be attacked at any moment

Background imageLanka Collection: SS KARMALA

SS KARMALA
Passenger liner of the P&O line, depicted entering Columbo harbour, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Background imageLanka Collection: Pole fishermen, Sri Lanka - 4

Pole fishermen, Sri Lanka - 4
Sri Lankan pole fishermen, sometimes known as stilt fishing, on the coast near Galle, Sri Lanka. Pictured at dawn and silhouetted against the light Date: 2001

Background imageLanka Collection: Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Central Province, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Central Province, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Sigiriya (Sinhagiri) Rock Fortress, Central Province, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres high. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageLanka Collection: Young woman tapping a rubber tree, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Young woman tapping a rubber tree, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Date: circa 1910

Background imageLanka Collection: Street vendors, Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) circa 1890s

Street vendors, Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) circa 1890s. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageLanka Collection: Stream and bathers, probably Ceylon (Sri Lanka), circa 1880s

Stream and bathers, probably Ceylon (Sri Lanka), circa 1880s. Date: circa 1880s

Background imageLanka Collection: Native Chiefs, Kandy, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Native Chiefs, Kandy, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Native Chiefs at Kandy, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Date: circa 1890s

Background imageLanka Collection: Young woman, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Young woman, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Date: circa 1890s

Background imageLanka Collection: Young woman at Kandy, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Young woman at Kandy, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Date: circa 1890s

Background imageLanka Collection: Rickshaw transport, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Rickshaw transport, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Date: circa 1890s

Background imageLanka Collection: Colombo, Sri Lanka - Native Boutique

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Native Boutique Date: circa 1920s

Background imageLanka Collection: Wartime poster, The British Colonial Empire (Ceylon)

Wartime poster, The British Colonial Empire (Ceylon)
Wartime poster, The British Colonial Empire, featuring a member of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery, with the Ceylon badge below, and the names of all the colonial countries listed on either side. 1940s

Background imageLanka Collection: Temple of the Holy Tooth - Kandy, Sri Lanka

Temple of the Holy Tooth - Kandy, Sri Lanka
Sri Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Holy Tooth - Kandy, Sri Lanka - located in the royal palace complex. An UNESCO world heritage site. The Library. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageLanka Collection: Maidens among clouds. 5th c. SRI LANKA. Sigiriya

Maidens among clouds. 5th c. SRI LANKA. Sigiriya. Fresco of 500 ladies in the rock wall of the fortress. World Heritage. Hindu art. Fresco

Background imageLanka Collection: Empire Tea Poster

Empire Tea Poster
Empire Marketing Board 1927-1933 poster, Empire Tea Date: 1927-1933

Background imageLanka Collection: Sri Lanka - Basket Trick - Jugglers

Sri Lanka - Basket Trick - Jugglers
Sri Lanka - Basket Trick - Conjurers (called jugglers on the card) place a woman inside a large wicker basket from whence she would (I imagine) disappear, much to everyones surprise! Date: circa 1907

Background imageLanka Collection: Kandy - Sri Lanka - Worshipping the tooth relic

Kandy - Sri Lanka - Worshipping the tooth relic
Kandy is very popular due to the annual Buddhist pageant known as the Esala Perahera, in which one of the inner caskets used for covering the tooth relic of Buddha is taken in a grand procession

Background imageLanka Collection: Kandy - Sri Lanka - Buddhist Procession

Kandy - Sri Lanka - Buddhist Procession
Kandy is very popular due to the annual Buddhist pageant known as the Esala Perahera, in which one of the inner caskets used for covering the tooth relic of Buddha is taken in a grand procession

Background imageLanka Collection: Sri Lanka / Colombo C1700

Sri Lanka / Colombo C1700
Colombo: general view, with ships in the harbour

Background imageLanka Collection: Galle Face, Ceylon, Sri Lanka

Galle Face, Ceylon, Sri Lanka
Vintage 19th century photograph: Galle Face, Ceylon, Sri Lanka

Background imageLanka Collection: Great Western Tea Factory, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Great Western Tea Factory, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Date: circa 1920

Background imageLanka Collection: Young man, Ceylon, (Sri Lanka), circa 1880s

Young man, Ceylon, (Sri Lanka), circa 1880s. Date: circa 1880s

Background imageLanka Collection: Three girls, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), circa 1880s

Three girls, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), circa 1880s. Date: circa 1880s

Background imageLanka Collection: Devil Dancers, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Devil Dancers, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Devil Dancers of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), with drummers. Date: circa 1890s



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