A Postcard from the Past 

By admin Jul 9, 2020 - 17:29


Every once in a while, we receive fabulous accounts of the past; some precious memories that deserve to be heard. Thomas Joseph of the 1967 batch of Mechanical Engineering shares with us a beautiful memory revolving around a photograph taken by his college senior Aravindakshan. Dated back to 1964, before coloured photographs were readily available, the image displayed was taken in black and white. Being the Secretary of the Photography Club, Mr. Thomas Joseph, along with his clubmate Michael, sought the help of Trivandrum’s popular photography studio, Paramount, to create postcards out of this photo. A seasons greetings postcard was signed by the then favourite Principal K. C Chacko, Retd. Technical Director. This black and white photograph was then taken to Sivan Studio, a photography studio with a legacy spanning over 50 years, to be made into a coloured postcard. A passionate photographer, Mr. Sivan, father of acclaimed photographer Santhosh Sivan, had a special manner of colouring the photograph, using wet strips. A laborious task that requires precision and concentration, the coloured photograph was a huge hit. This photograph was displayed on the Photography Club notice board during the Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1964. A prized possession for Thomas Joseph, this photograph is a reminder of his loved principal and many trips to the city to get this photograph ready.