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1924 Postcard from Colombo, Ceylon
to Pawtucket, Rhode Island

View face of Postcard (Ruined City Anuradhapura)

1924 Postcard sent from Colombo, Ceylon to Miss Elizabeth Chase in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The stamps are 6 cent King Edward VII in violet (Scott Nr. 231) produced in 1922.

The postcard reads; "Dearest Bess, This is gold plate and very beautiful in the setting of palms and blue sky, Lovingly Rubie"

Colombo, is the former capital of and largest city in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) with a population of over 800,000. The original name of the city was Kalantotta (Kelani Ferry). The name was changed to Colombo by the Portuguese. The population of Sri Lanka is mostly Sinhalese with the Tamils being the largest minority population. Moors, Malays and Europeans make up the rest of the population.

Major products include coffee, coconuts, rubber, and tea. Portugal and the Netherlands established colonies in Sri Lanka during the 16th century and in 1815 the country was ceded to the British Empire. Sri Lanka was granted independence in 1948.

VIEW: Reverse of card for the history of Anuradhapura.

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