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Every Picture Tells a Story! Lankapura photo archive featuring an extensive collection of historical photographs of Sri Lanka (Ceylon), photographs dating from the early 1850s to the Late 1970s. Join us to build the largest Sri Lankan vintage image collection & Enjoy!

Polonnaruwa Rest House Sri Lanka 1920s

Polonnaruwa Rest House 1927

Polonnaruwa Rest House 1920-1925 Photograph by Plate #IMG787

Built in the 1870’s as a circuit Bungalow for British Government Agents (GA), with the first British GA occupant being with Mr. W. Harington, the Polonnaruwa Rest House was carefully refurbished in the style of the early 1950’s, whilst retaining its colonial charm, after been taken over by the then Ceylon Tourist Bureau in 1954 and thereafter by Ceylon Hotels Corporation in 1968.
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Bullock carts pass through Union Place Colombo

Bullock carts pass through Union Place Colombo

Bullock carts pass through Union Place Colombo early 1900s #IMG786

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Port building at Colombo harbour 1960s

Colombo Harbour 1960

Port building at Colombo harbour 1960s #IMG785

Port building at Colombo harbour was built in 1928. This is used to be the passenger jetty, later building was transformed into office complex for Colombo port authority.
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Military Hospital Colombo, Sri Lanka early 1900s

Beira Lake Colombo

Military Hospital seen across Beira Lake Colombo Sri Lanka early 1900s #IMG784

Military Hospital seen across Beira Lake is in the heart of the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka and surrounded by many important businesses. Lake occupied approximately 165 hectares of land in early 1900s and it has been reduced to mere 65 hectares today.
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Panoramic view of Galle face Green, Colombo

Panoramic view of Galle face Green Colombo

Panoramic view of Galle face Green Colombo in the late 1800s #IMG783

Panoramic view of Galle face Colombo, Sri Lanka around 1880s-1900, looking south from Galle Road (later this path became the galle Road), ClubHouse & Galleface Hotel (far right) showing in the background.
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Ox cart near Colombo fort 1929

Ox cart near Colombo fort 1929

Ox cart near Colombo fort 1929 #IMG782

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