Item description for Indonesia 500 Early Postcards by Leo Haks, Steven Wachlin & Diana Darling...
When Indonesia was still known as the Dutch East Indies, images on postcards were often the first views foreigners had of this fascinating land, the world's largest archipelago. The postcards in this book are divided according to seven regions: Sumatra, Java, Bali and the Lesser Sundas, southern Borneo (now Kalimantan), Celebes (Sulawesi), New Guinea (Irian Jaya) and the Moluccas, and a separate section for the capital, Batavia (Jakarta). These early postcards form a vivid visual history of Indonesia: indigenous clothes and ceremonies, kampung life, the countryside, towns, the arts and monuments. An attractive and nostalgic record, these postcards are also a useful resource for those interested in archaeology, architecture, textile design and town planning. Deltiologists (postcard collectors) will appreciate the inclusion of information such as cancellation date, publisher, series, and photographer or artist.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Indonesia 500 Early Postcards?
Excellent visually appealing book May 2, 2008
This is a really nice overview with superb cards of colonial Indonesia. It is a lot of fun to go through. I would have loved a bit more text by the well-informed and expert writers. This book is another testament to how valuable old postcards can be to recreating the history of an area and people who lived there.
A Wonderful Pictorial History of Indonesia Dec 13, 2005
This is a splendid compilation of postcards of Indonesian architecture and peoples taken primarily by Dutch photographers around the turn of the 20th Century. The postcards are grouped according to geographic region, with Sumatra, Java, Batavia (now Jakarta), Bali, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Irian Jaya (now Papua) being the principal groupings. The postcards capture every aspect of traditional Indonesian life, from a royal wedding in Yogyakarta to a gathering of Asmat tribesmen in Papua.
I purchased this compilation for my mother, who is Indonesian and ethnically Sundanese, and she immediately turned to the section on Jakarta, where she spent her childhood and teenage years. Although the postcards were taken over one hundred years ago, she was able to recall many familiar landmarks. For my mother to be able to journey back via postcards to a city that she once called home is a testament to the exoticness and beauty that each and every one of the postcards in this compilation holds. Take this opportunity to see the rich, cultural history of Indonesia for yourself.