old pictures of Indonesia


March 15, 2015

Sawah Loento, Societeit. Sumatera Indonesia 1920s

Kota Sawahlunto or Sawah Lunto is a town in West Sumatra, Indonesia, 90 kilometers from Padang. The town itself covers 5.9 km² and has a population of 15,279. The city of which the town is the central part covers 276 sq. km, and had a population of 59,821 in 2014.

Sawahlunto is one of the mining towns in West Sumatra. It was first established as a town in 1882 by the Dutch along with coal mining operations. Coal was discovered in the mid-19th century by Ir. de Greve. It was then suggested to the Dutch that coal should be mined in the area because coal was needed for industry and transportation. After the discovery of coal the area was frequently visited by geologists. Coal mining was pioneered in the area after the eventual "surrender" of the area to the Dutch in 1876.

Simpang Apotheek Pharmacy, Surabaya ca.1920s

Wayang Orang, Yogyakarta

Wayang wong, also known as Wayang orang (literally 'human wayang)', is a type of classical Javanese dance theatrical performance with themes taken from episodes of the Ramayana or Mahabharata. Performances are stylised, reflecting Javanese court culture:

Wayang wong dance drama in the central Javanese Kraton (royal court) of Yogyakarta represents the epitome of Javanese aesthetic unity. It is total theatre involving dance, drama, music, visual arts, language, and literature. A highly cultured sense of formality permeates every aspect of its presentation.

Mount Salak, Bogor, West Java.

Mount Salak is an eroded volcanic range in West Java, Indonesia. Several satellite cones appear on the south-east flank, the northern foot, along with two additional craters found at the summit. Mount Salak has been a site of geothermal exploration.

Tjipanas Hot Springs, Garoet Java Indonesia ca.1910

Native from Kalasan, Central of Java

Cimandiri Bridge, Sukabumi ca. 1920

Food Seller. Java Indonesia ca. 1960