Craster Collection

Craster Collection – Film 7

B&W. 8:23min. Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. c. 1930s. Film made by Col. George Cras’ter, Chief Staff Officer in Jaipur State, 1931-35. Jaipur: Procession of elephants. Women spinning. Road to Amber with views of old palaces and tombs. Jotwara (Jhotwara): domestic scenes – Mary Craster with her pony (Mus) and Pertrab Singh. Galta: scenes of John McLeod Campbell; a group of Europeans feeding ‘ sacred ‘ monkeys, divers into a holy lake. Mary Craster playing in the garden with puppies. Jaipur: torchlight procession. Tonk: scenes of a camel carriage; ghats; bullock stables; crocodiles and cormorants.

Craster Collection – Film 6

B&W. 6:25min. Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. c. 1930s. Film made by Col. George Cras ‘ter, Chief Staff Officer in Jaipur State, 1931-35. Jotwara: Mary Craster in Indian dress, on the verandah. Jaipur: the road to Amber; street scenes, and bathing place below Amber. Bundi: women at the well; street and market scenes. Mrs. Craster being carried in a palanquin to the Rajah ‘ s palace. Old Rajput head Armourer. Views of the Palace. Bazaar and bathing scenes. Scenes at a well with bullocks drawing water. Village scenes. Indian women spinning. Jotwara (Jhotwara): Mary Crasster and foal, pony being led by Phul Singh (head syce). Jaipur: game of polo, including scenes of Hamut Singh.

Craster Collection – Film 5

B&W. 10:41min. Jotwara; Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. c. 1930s. Film made by Col. George Cras’ter, Chief Staff Officer in Jaipur State, 1931-35. Jotwara (Jhotwara): tank irrigation and ghats; women carrying water from the ghats. Mary Craster playing with pigeons. Views of Toda Rai Singh. Scenes of a Rajput wedding. Garden scenes. Jaipur: Rambagh Palace. Hunting party with hounds. Venture with G.C. (MF.h) with H.H. Maharajah, Sawai Man Singh II. Jotwara (Jhotwara): stables. Bazaar scene. Jaipur: procession. Intertitle: ‘Jobner and the Thakur Sahib’. Harnessing and ox-cart and fording a stream. A garden turret. Jotwara (Jhotwara): ‘Pushka fair, Rajputana’ – large groups of women getting holy water from the temple water tank. Scenes of a holy man (Sadhu) and of the ‘Ornament market’. (film with captions)

Craster Collection – Film 5

B&W. 10:41min. Jotwara; Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. c. 1930s. Film made by Col. George Cras’ter, Chief Staff Officer in Jaipur State, 1931-35. Jotwara (Jhotwara): tank irrigation and ghats; women carrying water from the ghats. Mary Craster playing with pigeons. Views of Toda Rai Singh. Scenes of a Rajput wedding. Garden scenes. Jaipur: Rambagh Palace. Hunting party with hounds. Venture with G.C. (MF.h) with H.H. Maharajah, Sawai Man Singh II. Jotwara (Jhotwara): stables. Bazaar scene. Jaipur: procession. Intertitle: ‘Jobner and the Thakur Sahib’. Harnessing and ox-cart and fording a stream. A garden turret. Jotwara (Jhotwara): ‘Pushka fair, Rajputana’ – large groups of women getting holy water from the temple water tank. Scenes of a holy man (Sadhu) and of the ‘Ornament market’. (film with captions)

Craster Collection – Film 4

B&W. 7:54min. Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. c. 1930s. Film made by Col. George Cras’ter, Chief Staff Officer in Jaipur State, 1931-35. Scenes of countryside and black buck. Udaipur: wild pig being fed. Scenes of the road to Udaipur and lakes. General views of Udaipur. Chitor: scenes of Mary Craster and pigeons. Ram fight. Cock fights. Maharaja of Jaipur’s chief Mahout. Jaipur: elephant fight.

Craster Collection – Film 3

B&W. 2:53min. Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. 1933 – 1935. Film made by Col. George Cras’ter, Chief Staff Officer in Jaipur State, 1931-35. Jaipur Palace: garden party for the Viceroy, Lord Willingdon. General views of the palace. Scenes of the visit to Jaipur of Princess Alice and the Earl of Athlone, March 1935. Ramgargh: tiger shoot attended by Princess Alice. Photographs of Princess Katherine of Greece, Miss Bennett, Miss Ismay and Mrs. Craster. Preparations for the hunting expeditions: scenes of elephants with howdahs and beaters. Jotwara (Jhotwara), 1933: Mary Craster playing with animals and dolls in the garden. Mary Craster with John McLeod Campbell – then the head of Trinity College, Kandy. 
(film with captions)

Craster Collection – Film 2

B&W. 9:48min. Rajasthan, India. c. 1930s. Film made by Col. George Cras’ter, Chief Staff Officer in Jaipur State, 1931-35. Scenes of villagers going to the fair (market) on foot or by cart. Highly decorated elephants with ornate howdahs leading the procession. Scenes of Naga dancers and of an elephant draped in silver embossed armour. Intertitle: ‘Moghal Standards given to Raja Mansingh of Amber by the Emperor Akbar (1556-1605)’. Jotwara (Jhotwara) garden scene. Jaipur temple – ‘A Shivju Shrine and its guardian’. Irrigation methods with the help of bullocks drawing water from a well in leather bags. Various scenes of a Bhano Saptami (Surya Saptami/Sun God) procession. Jotwara (Jhotwara): Rajput dancers. Groups of Indian women. General views of the Bhano Saptami procession. (film with captions)

Craster collection – Film1

B&W. 8:47min. Delhi; Rajasthan; Uttar Pradesh, India. 1935. Film made by Col. George Cras’ter, Chief Staff Officer in Jaipur State, 1931-35. Delhi: Jubilee review, 31st January 1935, attended by the Commander-in-Chief, Sir Phillip Chetwode, and the Maharaja of Bikaner, Sir Ganga Singh. Jaipur: Torchlight processions and sword dances. Views of Fatehpur Sikri. Dashera Festival and Wahanadi Poojun before the Maharaja of Jaipur, Sawai Man Singh II. Large street procession. Rajput warriors dressed as characters in the battle of Rajmahal. Naga (?) men performing a warrior dance. Scene of an elephant wearing a silver-plated amour.
 (film with captions)