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Main Street in Pettah, Colombo 1980’s

Main street, Colombo

Busy street scene, Main street, Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1980’s

Main Street in Pettah is one of the busiest streets in Colombo, and the street is popular for gold and jewelry shops.

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1. Harsha - September 26, 2013

this is a scene of Main street OK. It is not popular for jewelry but for textiles. The picture had been taken from the Khan clock tower end. You can see the sign board of ‘Favourites’ which is no longer exists, next to Titus stores. On a wall beyond that advertises the ‘Diplomat’ shirt a very popular brand of that era marketed by Maxim Ltd., Ratmalana. On the foreground there are few Morris minors, a Mitsubishi Jeep , a Hillman Minx and a Toyota Corona MkII clearly visible.

2. Dr Roshan Dassenaieke - January 14, 2016

I don’t think this is the 80’s, most likely the late 70’s judging from the cars. We definitely didn’t have yellow topped taxis by the 80’s.

great picture, thanks for sharing it!

3. Chandra fernandez - November 1, 2018

My grandfather had a drapery establishment by name of S.Miguel Fernando situated at 106 Main street colombo in the years 1910-1930.

I would like to know whether there are any records or pictures of main street with that shopfront

Thank you

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