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Cave postcards - Batu Caves - outside views 1

Batu Caves has been known to the Western world since the second half of the 19th century, and postcards started appearing in the early 20th century. In those days Batu Caves was popular for picnics, as well as hunters who would shoot the wildlife and even the cave bats.
Some of the photos have been republished over the years by different publishers and with different numbers. Generally these differences are not shown here.


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Earliest card I've seen, 1904
[card by Lambert of Singapore]


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Another Lambert card


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This card was posted in 1906
[card 54 Brignon collection]


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Posted 1905
[54 Brignon]


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1924 British Empire Exhibition


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Batu Caves entrance
[Federal Dispensary 21]


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Batu Caves
[Tuck No 7]


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Party entering the caves


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c. 1945
L= looking at Dark Cave, R= Temple Cave

The staircase over the years has changed from 2 to 3 aisles. The first few cards show 2 aisles.


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c. 1945


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2 aisles & the 5 legged bull & calf
[K369 & 370]


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the 5 legged bull
[K 552]


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[A.S.M.K. KL238]


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[SL 615]


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Posted 1978
[S.Abdul Majeed 101.16]


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1960s


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staircase 2 aisles, c.1970


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[Noah Sambanthan]


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train, 2 aisle staircase

The following cards show the 3rd aisle


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2 aisles
[Tong Hoy, 3 languages]


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3 aisles
[Tong Hoy]


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[GW 130]

Liz Price 2009-2014
Last updated 17 Apr 2014