Maharaja of Patiala / Stamp
MAHARAJA BHUPINDER SINGH (1891 - 1938) Ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Patiala from 1900 to 1938. He served on the General Staff in France, Belgium, Italy and Palestine in the First World War as an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, and was promoted Honorary Major General in 1918. Known for his extravagance, his cricket and polo teams, his commissioning of buildings with bold architectural style and for being the first man in India to own an aircraft. He married ten times, had 88 children
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The Maharajah of Mysore, WW1
Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV GCSI, GBE (June 4, 1884 August 3, 1940, Bangalore Palace), also known popularly as Nalwadi Krishna Raja Wadiyar, the ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Mysore from 1902 until his death in 1940. He is regarded as one of the most celebrated rulers among the Indian States when India was still under British rule. At the time of his death, he was also one of the world's wealthiest men, with a personal fortune estimated in 1940 to be worth $400 million which would be equivalent to $56 billion in 2010 prices. Pictured in The Sketch after he had donated fifty lakhs of rupees (worth about 330, 000 at the time) at the disposal of the Indian Government for expenditure in connection with the Expeditionary Force. The money was used towards the cost of transporting the Indian Expeditionary Force. Date: 1914
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Brahmins at a feast in a Maratha Camp, India
A Mahratta Surdar entertaining Brahmins. Brahmins at a feast in a Maratha Camp. Some are playing musical instruments while others are eating, and servants are carrying dishes of food. A Maratha or Mahratta is a member of one of the major Hindu Kshatriya (warrior) groups (castes) of India and a ruling class of the Indian subcontinent, inhabiting Maharashtra in west central India.