[Skip to Content]Privacy Policy
SACHI Annual Event 2018. Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj
2:00 PM - 11:59 PM Asian Art Museum
Date: November 17, 2018 to November 17, 2018
Where: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, California, United States, 94102
Phone: N/A
Event Type: Arts & Theater, Family
Ticket Price: N/A
SACHI (Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India) and Asian Art Museum, San Francisco,  are Proud to Present PAPER JEWELS: POSTCARDS FROM THE RAJ An Illuminating Presentation By Distinguished Scholar and San Francisco based historian Omar Khan  A Reception follows in the Loggia at 3.30 PM. Free with Museum Admission and Open to the Public. Paper Jewels is the story of postcards during the Raj spanning India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Burma. Postcards were the Instagram of their time, depicting the subcontinent, its people, places and preoccupations to the world. The first color and global visual communications medium to represent India between 1892 and 1947, the talk weaves together postcard artists, photographers, and publishers that define the rich history of the postcard in the subcontinent. Postcards were to the people in 1900 what the internet was to the world in 2000. They represented the world’s first mass transfusion of images. The world went from thousand to a billion postcards in a very short span of time involving the finest artists from India, Austria, and Japan. Omar Khan’s talk will lead us to the earliest illustrated postcards of India in discussing the many technical, commercial and political factors that went into shaping this then new form of communication. The talk will introduce the first artist-signed postcards of India (made in Austria); the Ravi Varma Press and the first Indian-published postcards; and the first Raj publishers to cater to mass audiences in multiple cities. We will meet the great Indian postcard artist M.V. Dhurandhar and the people and stories of Bombay he illustrated; the London-based Raphael Tuck & Sons, the biggest global Indian postcard publisher; as well as early advertising postcards of India by Singer, Liptons, Nestle and others. SACHI Annual Event 2018 coincides with Omar Khan’s recent book publication and an India exhibition launch of his collection at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, (August 18-October 1, 2018) to