This postcard flips. Image side: Portrait orientation. Portrait of a man probably done with pen or pencil. He wears spectacles and seems to be about middle-aged. There are pencil notes by Nandalal Bose, which tell us this is Hermann Kallenbach, the architect. Writing side: Nandalal's writing on the left. On the right are postage stamps and addressee details.

Nandalal Bose

Kallenbach [Hermann Kallenbach, architect]

Postcard to Gora Chand Bose, Jamshedpur from Tithal 

29 May 1937

Collection: VMH

Dr. Hermann Kallenbach, a German-Jewish architect, was one of Gandhi’s foremost friends and associates, and had come to visit Gandhi in 1937 at Tithal, a small seaside town in Gujarat. Nandalal had also arrived at ‘Tithal via Bulsar [modern Valsad] on the B.B. & C.I. Railway’ [Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway, introduced in 1867, to connect Bombay with Baroda]. In the postcard, he writes:

“…it has been 9 days that I have come to be with Mahatma Gandhiji. I have come to inspect the site of this year’s Congress meeting [the place was Faizpur] and make arrangements for the decoration there. This is a place for a change of air and health, so he [Gandhiji] asked me to stay back here for 10-11 days…”

Nandalal Bose to Gora Chand Bose

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