Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Establishment [of 'Times of India'] - January 1898 - Kane, Bennett & Co-Photographer: E.O.S. and Company Medium: Photographic print Date: 1898
This formal group portrait by E.O.S. and Company shows employees of the Times of India newspaper posed on the steps of Mumbai Town Hall on the occasion of the newspaper's Diamond Jubilee (60 years), November 1898. The newspaper was established in the 1830s following Lord Metcalfe's Act of 1835 which removed restrictions on the liberty of the Indian press. On the 3rd November 1838 the 'Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce' was launched in bi-weekly editions, on Saturdays and Wednesdays. It contained news of Europe, America and the sub-continent and was conveyed between India and Europe via regular steam ships. From 1850 the paper appeared in daily editions and in 1861 the 'Bombay Times' became the 'Times of India'. By the end of the 19th century the paper employed 800 people and had a wide circulation in India and Europe. The company was owned by Kane, Bennett & Co. at this period.