Karachi, the backbone of Pakistan, is the 7th most populous and largest metropolitan cities in the world.
Even though the city has glorified in all its beauty and charm over the years, the old Karachi was truly worth admiring. Away from all the hustle bustle of the busy town during the day and an even busier nightlife, resided a peaceful, serene and a very calm Karachi, reminisced by many, even today!
The time period between the 30’s till the 70’s can fittingly be termed as the ‘Golden Era’ of Karachi. The city was truly a sight to see! It exuded a beautiful blend of rich architectural heritage and culture that could not have been ignored by any eye that was set upon it.
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Here are some beautiful vintage shots of the most iconic locations of the old Karachi. View and admire away! 1. State Bank Karachi
State Bank Karachi in the 1950s 2. Victoria Road in the 50’s
Victoria Road (Abdullah Haroon Road) in the 1950s 3. 3 Talwar
Three Swords Area, Karachi in 1974 4. Clifton, Karachi
A beautiful shot of Clifton Karachi in the 50s & 60s 5. Karachi Airport in the 50’s
Karachi Airport in the 50’s
Karachi Airport in 1954- Now known as the Jinnah International Airport is Pakistan’s largest international and domestic airport.
6. Frere Hall & Statue of Queen Victoria
Frere Hall & Statue of Queen Victoria in 1952, Jinnah Garden Karachi 7. Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi
Beach Luxury Hotel in the 1950’s 8. Bohri Bazaar
Bohri Bazaar in the 1970’s 9. Boulton Market
Boulton Market in the early 1930’s 10. Clifton Gardens
11. Clifton Beach
Clifton Beach in the 1960s & 1970s 12. Central Hotel, Karachi
Central Hotel Karachi back in 1950 13. Carlton Hotel
Carlton Hotel in 1940 14. Bunder Road
Bunder Road-MA Jinnah Road in 1964 15. A serene shot of Karachi in 1963
A serene shot of Karachi on a hot day in 1963 16. Hawkes Bay Beach, Karachi
Hawkes Bay Beach in the 1960s
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17. Mcleod Road, Karachi
Mcleod Road (Now known as I.I Chundrigarh Road) Karachi in the 1950s 18. Hotel Metropole, Karachi
Metropole Hotel in all it’s glory back in the 1960’s. A landmark that turned into history! 19. Pearl Continental Hotel (then Intercontinental Hotel)
Pearl Continental Hotel in the 1970s- hasn’t changed much has it? 20. St. Patrick’s Church Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Church Cathedral in the 1950s 21. Karachi Municipal Corporation Building
Karachi Municipal Corporation Building on MA Jinnah Road Karachi in the year 1952 22. Karachi Gym Khana
Karachi Gym Khana in the early 1920s- can you believe it? 23. Karachi Airport in the 70’s
Karachi Airport in 1970s 24. Karachi University
A rare shot of Karachi University in the 1970s 25. Lea Market Karachi in 1950
Lea Market in the 1950’s- The market was named after Measham Lea, a British engineer who had served in Karachi extensively.
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26. Lea Market in 1963
A rare shot of a busy day in Lea Market in 1963 27. Karachi Railway Station
A train at Karachi Railway Station in 1979 28. PIDC Signal, Karachi
PIDC Signal in the 1970s during the day 29. The Taj Hotel (Regent Plaza)
The Taj Hotel in 1983, now known as the Regent Plaza. 30. Elphinstone Street in 1940
The Elphinstone Street in the year 1940. The street is now called the Zaibunnissa Street 31. A street scene in Karachi in the 1940s
A street scene in Karachi in 1964 with a tram and a camel cart in one picture- trams were a local network of inner city trains in Karachi. The Karachi tramway history spans 90 years (1885-1975). The tram service was closed in 1975 due to many accidents. 32. Habib Bank in 1963, Karachi
33. A roadside dentist in Karachi
A rare shot of a roadside dentist in Karachi 34. Empress Market in 1930
An old and rare picture of empress market Karachi in the year 1930 35. Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mausoleum at Clifton Karachi
A very old image of Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mausoleum at Clifton Karachi in the early 1900s
Image Courtesy: Vintage Pakistan & Native Pakistan
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