Vintage: Everyday Life of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in the 1880s

Vintage: Everyday Life of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in the 1880s


Sri Lanka was known from the beginning of British colonial rule until 1972 as Ceylon. At first the area it covered did not include the Kingdom of Kandy, which was a protectorate from 1815, but from 1817 to 1948 the British possessions included the whole island of Ceylon, now the nation of Sri Lanka.

Negumbo Canal, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Negumbo Canal, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Sinhalese fishing boat, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Sinhalese fishing boat, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Snake charmers, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Snake charmers, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

The base of a Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

The base of a Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

The lake, Kandy, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

The lake, Kandy, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Village, Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Village, Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Brahma Temple, Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Brahma Temple, Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Country road, Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Country road, Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Country road, Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Country road, Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Elephants, ca. 1880s

Elephants, ca. 1880s

via Patrick Montgomery


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