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Indian culture is full of life and color—with or without color photography. These beautiful black-and-white shots of people and places in 20th-century India show the stunning architecture, local customs, diverse attire, and varying moods of the country just as well as their later, in-color counterparts. Here, 14 moments from vintage India captured on camera.Hyderabad, 1892. Photo by Lala Deen Dayal/Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons. MagentaGreen/Wikimedia Commons. Rodney Stich/Wikimedia Commons. Okinawa Soba (Rob)/Flickr. Mumbai, circa 1920. Photo public domain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Snake charmers in Delhi, 1903. Photo by Underwood and Underwood/Wikimedia Commons.Mennonite Church USA Archives/Wikimedia Commons. Wikimeda Commons. Mennonite Church USA Archives/Wikimedia Commons. New Delhi, 1950. Photo public domain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons.
For more stunning scenes from India, check out these photos of the country’s wildly decorated trucks.
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