old pictures of Indonesia


January 27, 2014

Solo (Surakarta) 1899 - 1950

Flood at Balong Surakarta ~ 1899  Solo (Surakarta) Girl ~ Java ~ Indonesia ca 1910
Street at Surakarta ~ Java Indonesia 1950
Street at Surakarta ~ Java Indonesia 1950

Soto Betawi seller at Batavia ca. 1870


Soto Betawi at Batavia (1870)

Ternate ~ Indonesia


The Sultanate of Ternate is one of the oldest Muslim kingdoms in Indonesia, established by Baab Mashur Malamo in 1257. It reached its Golden Age during the reign of Sultan Baabullah (1570–1583) and encompassed most of the eastern part of Indonesia and a part of southern Philippines. Ternate was a world producer of cloves and a major power in the region from the 15th to 17th centuries.

Kedaton ~ Palace of Sultan Moluccas ~ Indonesia ca. 1920

Palace of Sultan Ternate Ca. 1920


The sultanate was originally named the Kingdom of Gapi, but later change the name base of its capital,Ternate. Ternate and neighbouring Tidore were the world's single major producer of cloves, upon which their rulers became among the wealthiest and most powerful sultans in the Indonesian region. Much of their wealth, however, was wasted fighting each other. Up until the Dutch completed the colonization of Maluku in the 19th century, the Sultans of Ternate ruled empires that claimed at least nominal influence as far as Ambon, Sulawesi and Papua.[1]

In part as a result of its trade-dependent culture, Ternate was one of the earliest places in the region to which Islam spread, probably coming fromJava in the late 15th century. Initially, the faith was restricted to Ternate's small ruling family, and spread only slowly to the rest of the population.


The Sultan's guard (1900-1920)

The Sultan's guard (1900-1920)


Street at Ternate~ Moluccas Indonesia ca 1910

Street at Ternate Ca. 1910


The royal family of Ternate converted to Islam during the reign of King Marhum (1465–1486); his son and successor, Zainal Abidin (1486–1500) enacted Islamic Law and transformed the kingdom into an Islamic Sultanate; the title Kolano (king) was then replaced with Sultan.

The peak of Ternate's power came near the end of the sixteenth century, under Sultan Baabullah (1570–1583), when it had influence over most of the eastern part of Sulawesi, the Ambon and Seram area, Timor island, parts of southern Mindanao and as well as parts of Papua. It frequently engaged in fierce competition for control of its periphery with the nearby Sultanate of Tidore. According to historian Leonard Andaya, Ternate's "dualistic" rivalry with Tidore is a dominant theme in the early history of the Maluku Islands.

January 17, 2014

Tjoet Poetroe


Tjoet Poetroe ~ Royalty ~ Aceh Sumatra Indonesia 1899

January 15, 2014

January 11, 2014



Ambon preparing Sago Moluccas Indonesia ca 1906

Preparing Sago ~ Moluccas Indonesia ca 1906

Ambon was colonized by Portugal in 1526. The Portuguese were driven out by the Dutch in 1609. Except for brief periods of British rule, the island remained under Dutch control until Indonesia's independence in 1945.

Bali vintage pictures

portrait of Balinese child wearing traditional dress garments ca. 1910
[portrait of Balinese child] c 1910
portrait of Balinese child wearing traditional dress garments

January 9, 2014

Balinese Women


Bali Girls with Offerings 1950s


Some Pictures of Bali

Bali EAG 10 Boeboenan People Temple Indonesia 20s
Boeboenan Temple ca 1920

January 5, 2014

Street Market ~ Ternate ~ Maluku Indonesia ca. 1910

Ternate Passerstraat Maluku Moluccas Indonesia ca 1910
Street Market ~ Ternate ~ Maluku Indonesia ca. 1910

A Gate at Lombok Island

Lombok Gate Majoera Woman Child Statues Indonesia ca 1899
A Gate at Lombok ca.1899

January 2, 2014

Malang ~ Java Indonesia

Like most of Java, a large majority of Malang residents are Muslim; there are small minorities of Catholics, Hindus, and Buddhists. Many buildings of worship still stand from their construction in the colonial era. For example, City of Malang Grand Mosque or Masjid Agung Kota Malang in Malang City Square or Alun-alun kota Malang; Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Gereja Katolik Hati Kudus Yesus) in Kayutangan; Saint Mary from Mount Carmel Cathedral (Gereja Ijen or Katedral Santa Maria dari Gunung Karmel) in Ijen Street, which is the seat for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Malang; the Immanuel Church in Alun-alun; and Eng An Kiong Buddhist Temple in Jl. Laksamana Martadinata No. 1 Malang. Malang is also famous for being the centre of religious education, this is evident with the existence of many Islamic schools (pesantren) and bible seminaries.

Catholic Church ~ Malang ~ Java Indonesia Ca. 20s
Roman Catholic Curch at Malang Ca.1920

Post Office in Sibolga and Kuala Simpang

Sibolga Post Office
Kuala Simpang ~ Aceh

January 1, 2014

Flores Man ~ Indonesia ca.1940


Flores Man ~ Indonesia ca.1940

Flores is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, an island arc with an estimated area of 14,300 km² extending east from the Java island of Indonesia. The population was 1,831,000 in the 2010 census and the largest town is Maumere. Flores is Portuguese for "flowers".

Flores is located east of Sumbawa and Komodo and west of Lembata and the Alor Archipelago. To the southeast is Timor. To the south, across the Sumba strait, is Sumba and to the north, beyond the Flores Sea, is Sulawesi.

Fish Sellers at Pasar Ikan ~ Jakarta ~ Java Indonesia ca 1920


Fish Sellers at Pasar Ikan ~ Jakarta ~ Java Indonesia ca 1920

Now this colorful neighborhood is a bustling fish market by day and serves up fresh grilled fish by night.

Procession at Kei Island Moluccas Indonesia ~ 1910


Procession at Kei Island Moluccas Indonesia ~ 1910