This is “Swadeshi post-card” posted from HUBLI (Karnataka) on 10th June,1905 addressed to one Shri Krishnaji Moreshwar Apte of Ajra and delivered on13th June,1905. The legend printed on the card in Marathi language reads that”SUCH swadeshi cards have been printed for patriots in the paper mill at Mundhwa by the Manager of the Co-operative Depot. The card bears a postage stamp of 3 pies o King Edward It is interesting to see that the card bears picture of the Great Hindu King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. I would like to know from the readers whether they have come across such post cards! Whether a series of such swadeshi cards with Indian freedom heroes was issued since I have got one more such cards which bears picture of 1857 freedom struggle hero and Mughal emperor Bahadurshah.
It is also interesting to note that Ajra which is a taluka place in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra was then included in Belgaum District –now part of Karnataka. Incidentally , I would like to add that in 1905, both Kolhapur and Belgaum districts as well as Hubli (Dharwad district) were parts of the erstwhile Bombay Province.