AN URDU MAGAZINE OF LAHORE CITY PRINTING PHOTOGRAPHS – LAHORI IMAGES RECOVERED FROM FADED OLD LITHO BLOCKS
An Urdu magazine on medicine printed by a Chughtai family of Lahore of Gujar Gali, with remedy treatments for different diseases and discourses on varied subject. Block printing at that time but not that common. Plates of personalities printed in magazine discarded to the rubbish dump. We used to see one such old press on Aibak road known as Patanga Press. It is probably still there under new machinery. But printing came in vogue long time back. But Photo-lithography was rarer than that.
This family of Hakeems traditionally known as Bindri-gars were actually descendant of the Kabul group of Qazi Lutufullah who came to Lahore in Mughal times. The famous Gumti group of painters belonged to this family and thy were related to M.A. Rahman Chughtai by marriage. Even his eldest brother Muhammed Hussain was married into the same family. Girls from this family were traditionally considered absolutely beautiful and had the ‘maina’ eyes, which were extremely seductive to boys and men of those times. Budding Casanovas passed the street in hope of catching a glimpse of them. Perhaps some of the photographs are of that family.
Files of the magazine preserved were later sold to second hand book sellers. A legacy lost in time.