A 19th century photograph of grapevines growing on trees in Srinagar, Kashmir.
This week I decided to return to research I started earlier this year regarding a particular 19th century vineyard. It takes time to research online books, archives, newspapers, maps, and scholarly journals so I cannot keep up with my daily posting. I always find this aspect of my research particularly fun for it is like unraveling a mystery as I string together my clues. In this post I feature a 150 year photograph showing grape vines growing on tree trunks in Srinagar, Kashmir. Srinagar is a capital city of Kashmir and as such there are many 19th century books in English describing the city. In terms of the vines in the picture, Sir Walter Roper Lawrence wrote at the end of the 19th century that “Everywhere one sees giant vines climbing up poplars and other trees, but they are often wild, and their fruit is poor tasteless.”  I should remark that Srinagar is located at nearly 1600 meters in elevation so these were some high altitude vines! These wild grape varieties were eventually studied and cultivated, even wine was produced from them but that is a story for another post.
 Poplar avenue with vines growing around the trunks, Srinagar. Bourne, Samuel. 1864. The British Library. URL: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/apac/photocoll/p/019pho000000883u00040000.html
 Lawrence, Sir Walter Roper. The Valley of Kashmir. 1895. URL: https://books.google.com/books?id=chHZSuf1i98C&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false