Looking Back to Past: Vintage Kolkata in Photos

A busy street of Today’s Kolkata


Kolkata, also fondly know as “The City of Joy”, never ceases to amaze generations with its breathtaking beauty, not only with its metro city status of today’s India, but also in the days of past. In today’s editorial, we’re going to take glance at glimpses of Vintage Kolkata from the past.

Brief History and Importance

Kolkata’s recorded history began in 1690 with the arrival of the English East India Company, which was consolidating its trade business in Bengal. Job Charnock, an administrator who worked for the company, was formerly credited as the founder of the city; In response to a public petition, the Calcutta High Court  ruled in 2003 that the city does not have a founder. The area occupied by the present-day city encompassed three villagesKalikataGobindapur  and Sutanuti

Kolkata , also known as Calcutta (official name until 2001) is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the eastern bank of the Hooghly river, the city is approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) west of the border with Bangladesh. It is the primary business, commercial, and financial hub of Eastern India  and the main port of communication for North-East India .According to the 2011 Indian census, Kolkata is the 7th most populous  city in India, with a population of 45 lakh (4.5 million) residents within the city limits, and a population of over 1.41 crore  (14.1 million) residents in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area. The Port of Kolkata  is India’s oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. Kolkata is regarded as the Cultural Capital of India.

Vintage Kolkata Album

Here we take a look at the vintage snaps of Kolkata’s most iconic places

Crossing of Harrison Street, Strand Road and Burra Bazaar Area
Park Street
Calcutta High Court
Traditional Goddess Durga Idol
Victoria Memorial Hall
The Hindustan Building on Central Avenue once served as the office of US Army
The Bathing Ghat of Hooghly River
Hustle in front of Calcutta Stock Exchange
Early days of Howrah Bridge
The auspicious Kalighat Temple of Goddess Kali
St. Paul’s Cathedral Church
Burra Bazaar Area
Esplanade Area
Calcutta Town Hall


Though the time has changed, and history has taken many turns but the essence of Kolkata, has remained the same over ages. The Government has come forward to preserve the heritages of Kolkata, that have made the Bengal and Bengalis proud through decades. People are hopeful that this tradition follows down with the upcoming generations by passing love and the celebration of the beauty of Kolkata.