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The oldest book Store in India...

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 5 December 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

HIGGNBOTHAMS, Chennai is the oldest Bookstore in India.
It was established by an English librarian named Abel Joshua Higginbotham in 1844.

The Higginbotham's was the largest bookstore in India till the 1990s.

Of late other chain of book stores have come up which are much larger in size and scope.

However, Higginbothams remains a permanent landmark and first choice to many book lovers even today.

sunstone_maria from California, United States

Wonderful image and great description. Thank for sharing with us!

5 Dec 2010 5:46am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful street scene! A charming old shop front you show here. Interesting details you give us as well. The traditional book shops are always better than the new chain stores.

5 Dec 2010 6:41am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good document and hommage! :)

5 Dec 2010 7:27am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Joli cadrage ! Je te souhaite un agréable dimanche


5 Dec 2010 7:31am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

good to see them still hanging in there, nice building...

5 Dec 2010 7:32am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

My husband has booked a ticket, he is on his way. Great post and information, thank you

5 Dec 2010 8:14am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

That's the kind of shop I like! Nice photo!

5 Dec 2010 8:19am

Anneka from Bray, Ireland

Nice choice for BnW

5 Dec 2010 8:22am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A library must have treasure to read! Superb image. Good day.

5 Dec 2010 9:04am

Wolfen from Villefranche S/S, France

J'aime l'ambiance de cette photo de rue !!
Bon dimanche

5 Dec 2010 9:04am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I can smell the smell of musty old books, and do I see the ghost of Abel still reading his favourite novel in the corner?

5 Dec 2010 10:04am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon,, Canada

Wow, wow, Would I ever like to see what books they have in that store ! Brilliant capture.

5 Dec 2010 10:13am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Superb capture. The tones are perfect! Well done.

5 Dec 2010 10:53am

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful capture

5 Dec 2010 1:38pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Nice shot

5 Dec 2010 2:00pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Once again the sepia works well! This really seems like a great place to hold its own after all of these years!

5 Dec 2010 2:18pm

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

the name alone is just fabulous!! love this shot of Higginbothams!

5 Dec 2010 3:46pm

Dana from Burbank, United States

Fantastic. My first thought was: colonial. And to find out it's a historic bookstore makes this elegant street scene even better.

5 Dec 2010 4:28pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

A good and interesting street study.

5 Dec 2010 4:31pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautiful picture of a great piece of history! A good bookstore is hard to find! Well done Sunder! ;-)

5 Dec 2010 4:42pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Splendid tones.

5 Dec 2010 4:48pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous tones!!

5 Dec 2010 5:00pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like the sepia tones here…

5 Dec 2010 6:17pm

Florence from Paris, France

Lovely building and well done for the vintage look of your photograph.

5 Dec 2010 6:34pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

A wonderful shot and processing, and also interesting details.

5 Dec 2010 7:11pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

What a cracking place, nice one

5 Dec 2010 7:41pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Beautiful impression of the street and the architecture!

5 Dec 2010 8:15pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Supebr shot of this classic old building, wonderful tones

5 Dec 2010 9:22pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

wow . . that place looks to have some character and the sepia color holds it well . . thanks for the link which adds more interesting info. Nice one.

5 Dec 2010 9:23pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Great compo. and color tones.

5 Dec 2010 11:52pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Terrific capture

6 Dec 2010 1:10am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Wow, this is a beautiful old place. It's much more charming than the chain bookstores we have here. A beautiful shot and processing.

6 Dec 2010 1:30am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Wonderful capture and processing!

6 Dec 2010 2:02am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I really like the processing. Very nice tones.

6 Dec 2010 2:42am

Becky from los angeles, United States

great shot - I'm so glad to hear that this store is still around - love the tones on this.

6 Dec 2010 3:06am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Wow! The processing and tones are spot on. I love the vintage feel this has

6 Dec 2010 6:16am

oncho from granada, Spain

Great shot, beautiful tones

6 Dec 2010 10:09am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Wonderful capture and details, I like the tones and angle...thanks for sharing it!

6 Dec 2010 10:43am

dang from Atlanta, United States

Love your choice of toning, gives it a timeless look.

6 Dec 2010 12:30pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

You did well to present this in sepia, it lends to the nostalgia!

6 Dec 2010 12:39pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

I love this old bookstore and the story that accompanies it. Lovely nice old dark sepia tones !! :-)

8 Dec 2010 7:04am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Fantastic! Both for the store and for your sepia tone.

11 Dec 2010 6:14am

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

cool shot

13 Dec 2010 4:53pm