Tibet is now an autonomous region of the People's Republic of China, having been annexed in
1950. There is a Tibetan Government in exile with the Dalai Lama as its head, claiming to be the
legitimate government of the country. Tibet lies on a plateau to the north of the Himalayas, and
is the highest region of earth with a population in 2009 of about 2.9 million. Lhasa is the capital
city. Many of the postcards on this page have been sent to us by Waldemar Rudziecki of Gdynia
in Poland. We are of course most grateful for his contribution.

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Bathang, Tibet
The Potalla, Lhasa
The Potalla Palace in Lhasa.
Tibetan Dancers
Tibetan Dancers.
A panoramic view of the Potalla Palace.
Farm and Pagoda in Tibet.
Tibetan Place of Worship
Tibetan place of worship.
Tibetan Dance at Hotel Mount Everest.
Tibetan Dancers
Tibetan Dancers.
Tibetan Lady
A Tibetan Lady.
Tibetan Merchant
Tibetan Mendicant
A Tibetan Merchant and his wife.
A Tibetan Mendicant.
Tibetan Women
Tibetan Women.
Tibetan Lamas
A group of Tibetan lamas.
Bhutan was formerly a part of Tibet, and thus many people of Bhutan descent, known (with various spellings) as Bhutia, live, or
lived, in Tibet. You will see pictures of them in many of the postcards which follow. In view of the fact that they are depicted as
somehow different in these postcards, it would be interesting to know how they were regarded in Tibetan society in the early 20th
Century, and indeed today. For a lot more information about these people, visit this
wikipedia page.
Bhootia lady
Bhutia lady
Bhutia Beggar
Two Bhutia Ladies.
A Bhutia Beggar.
Tibetan Men
Tibetan Men.
More Bhutia Women.
A Tibetan.
An Italian advertising postcard of Lhasa.
A world-famous troupe of Tibetan Dancers
Bhutia Dancing Party.
Bhutia Dancing Party.
Tibetan Mendicant
A Tibetan Mendicant.
Bhutia Coolie
A Bhutia Coolie.
A Bhutia Woman.
Dalai Lama
The 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso, who died in 1933, thus giving
some idea of the date of this postcard.
Tibetan Devil Dance
Tibetan Devil Dance.
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"The main Rongbuk Glacier leads to the inaccessible northwestern
face of the mountain. The route to the summit is by the East Rongbuk
Glacier beyond the hills to the left of the picture. The highest point yet
reached on the mountain is exactly behind the summit of the North
Peak which lies in front of Mount Everest."
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