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    The colorized B&W photo courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’ shows Queen Saovabha Phongsri, King Rama V’s Supreme Queen Consort, dressed in European style adorned with jewelry.

    Her beloved grandson, Prince Chula Chakrabongse (page 16/383) once wrote about his grandmother’s jewelry that:
    “…while dressing out to participate in any events, Grandma would have the servants bring out all the jewels to display before her to choose. All, except the large sets which were kept in the Grand Palace’s. Still, the small sets of jewelry look bedazzled like those jewelry stores in the European capitals. The servants had to carry several trays, some of which held around 60 rings decorated with different jewels, all in one tray…”

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    The colorized B&W photo courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’ shows Major General Prince Kaew Nawarat (1862 – 1939). He was the 36th and last King of Lanna and Prince Ruler of Chiang Mai, reigning from 1910 to 1939. His seat was within Lanna's capital, Chiang Mai, but he never held any true administrative power. With his death ended the reign of the Seven Princes Dynasty.

    The Prince became sick in early 1938 while going to Bangkok to welcome King Rama VIII coming back to Bangkok from abroad.

    Upon his death in 1939, the royalty was abolished and the throne of the Lanna Kings, who had reigned over a kingdom that was founded in the same period as Sukhothai Kingdom, of which had existed for several centuries more, was replaced with a governor’s seat, a seat which was appointed from Bangkok.

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    Prince Damrong Rajanubhab (page 46/1143)
    had been an important force in the administration of the country all along. He held an ancient motto while serving as Chancellor of the Interior Ministry that “Being a leader, shoes must be worn out before pants”. It means that being a good leader, you have to be out in the field until your shoes are worn out not sitting in a chair until your pants are torn.

    The first official inspection to the countryside, the Prince traveled on land from Ang Thong Province to Suphanburi Province (around 53 km., don’t know how time consuming did it take back then) and that had made him enjoy inspecting the countryside since then.

    (Photo of Prince Damrong Rajanubhab courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’)

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    Eeee, when I were a lad......

    Back in the days of tanners and bobs,
    When Mothers had patience and Fathers had jobs.
    When football team families wore hand me down shoes,
    And T.V gave only two channels to chose.

    Back in the days of three penny bits,
    when schools employed nurses to search for your nits.
    When snowballs were harmless; ice slides were permitted
    and all of your jumpers were warm and hand knitted.

    Back in the days of hot ginger beers,
    when children remained so for more than six years.
    When children respected what older folks said,
    and pot was a thing you kept under your bed.

    Back in the days of Listen with Mother,
    when neighbours were friendly and talked to each other.
    When cars were so rare you could play in the street.
    When Doctors made house calls; Police walked the beat.

    Back in the days of Milligan's Goons,
    when butter was butter and songs all had tunes.
    It was dumplings for dinner and trifle for tea,
    and your annual break was a day by the sea.

    Back in the days of Dixon's Dock Green,
    Crackerjack pens and Lyons ice cream.
    When children could freely wear National Health glasses,
    and teachers all stood at the FRONT of their classes.

    Back in the days of rocking and reeling,
    when mobiles were things that you hung from the ceiling.
    When woodwork and pottery got taught in schools,
    and everyone dreamed of a win on the pools.

    Back in the days when I was a lad,
    I can't help but smile for the fun that I had.
    Hopscotch and roller skates; snowballs to lob.
    Back in the days of tanners and bobs.

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    [QUOTE=PAG;4423168]Eeee, when I were a lad......

    Nice!

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    The colorized B&W photo courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’ shows the royal cows (Phra Koe) in preparation for the Royal Ploughing Ceremony (page 28/682) which was held in reign of King Rama IV.

    The place was Sanum Luang back in the day when Wang Na (pages 23/562 and 52/1279) still existed. The palace was seen bordered from Grand Palace by fences.


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    The Palace Revolt of 1912 was a failed uprising against the absolute monarchy of Siam. Discontent in the army during the reign of King Rama VI led to the unsuccessful coup.

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    Story started back in 1909, at that time, King Rama VI was the Crown Prince and designated successor to his father, King Rama V.

    One day, a group of soldiers got into an argument over a woman against a group of the Crown Prince’s pages.

    Six soldiers were arrested, and the Crown Prince petitioned his father, the King, to cane the soldiers. The practice of caning had recently been banned, so the King refused the petition. However, the Crown Prince threatened to resign as successor, the King eventually consented to the caning. The incident caused much dissatisfaction within the army.

    When the Crown Prince succeeded his father as King Rama VI of Siam on 23 October 1910, he set out in his coronation speech to modernize and westernize Siam in his role as its absolute monarch.

    The new king spent lavishly on his coronation (page 37/914) and lived a life of excess in a period when most of the kingdom's populace was rural farmers and feudal serfs.

    Infatuated with Western culture and practices and considering himself an Edwardian English gentleman, the King spent his time in translating Shakespeare into Thai, staging dramatic productions, hunting, and overseeing his Wild Tiger Corps (page 58/1434).

    On 13 January 1912, dissatisfied with the King’s reign and with the absolutist regime (especially his favoritism towards the Wild Tiger Corps), a group of seven army officers decided to overthrow the King.

    The group's membership eventually reached 91 officers. The group were led by an army captain named Khoon (noble rank) Thuayhanpitak and included some members of the King's own bodyguard.

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    Photograph shows key plotters)


    Perhaps inspired by the successful overthrow of the Manchus and the Qing Dynasty in China that same year, they decided to move forward. Their plans were unclear and their goals were contradictory. Some wanted to replace the King with one of his many brothers, others wanted a constitutional monarchy and some in the extreme wing, a republic.

    On 1 April 1912, ancient Siam New Year, the King was to preside over a merit making ceremony in public. Captain Yut Khongyu was selected by the plotters via lottery to assassinate the monarch on that day.

    Filled with guilt, the man, instead, confessed all the plans and names of the conspirators to the commander of the King's bodyguard on 27 February, who, in turn, told the King's brother who commanded the Ministry of Defense.

    The plotters were quickly arrested and imprisoned. At a military tribunal, three were sentenced to death, 20 received life imprisonment, 32 received twenty years, 6 received fifteen years and a further 30 received 12 years imprisonment.

    They were tried for attempted regicide, treason, and attempted overthrow of the government.

    The failed uprising was the first revolt against the House of Chakri from the outside the nobility. Despite their actions, most of the plotters were, later, pardoned or had their sentences lessened by the King himself in 1924. This included the death sentences since the King felt that no one had been hurt.

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    (Some of the failed plotters in jail)


    However the lesson was not lost on the King, who quickly stepped up vigilance against any such threats in the future.

    The King reigned until 1925, initiating many reforms with mixed success. After his death, the throne was succeeded by his youngest brother, Prince Prajadhiok who became King Rama VII. The new King inherited from his late brother a massive fiscal deficit being made worse by the onset of the Great Depression.

    The absolute monarchy was eventually overthrown by the Revolution of 1932 (page 12/297). The leaders of which openly confessed their inspiration to be the actions of the 1912 plotters.
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    The colorized B&W photo courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’ shows the crematorium site and, also, the temporary cemetery of the fallen from the Franco-Thai War (1940-1941; page 33/817) at Wat Phra Si Mahathat Wora Maha Viharn, Bang Khen District of Bangkok in the early 1941.

    Later in June 1941, the cemetery was moved to its official site at Victory Monument which was built to commemorate this victorious event.


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    The
    colorized B&W photo courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’ shows Khoon Ying (Dame) Boonpan Singholka, the lady-in-waiting for Princess Dara Rasami (page 29/706). She was born in Lan Na and married to a noble Siamese in the Siamese court. Khoon Ying gained the reputation for her beauty.

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    The colorized B&W photo courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’ shows King Rama VII’s private music band playing at
    Klai Kangwon Palace, Hua Hin in 1929. The band’s name was ‘Door Mat’.

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    The tragic Love Story of Lady Mamia and Lanna Prince Sukkasem

    This tragic love story of the Kingdom of Lanna Prince and a Burmese woman resembles the story of Romeo and Juliet.

    Anyone in the world impressed and touched by Shakespeare's greatest love-tragedy can't fail to be similarly struck by its Siamese-Burmese equivalent, the famous sad love story of the Kingdom of Lanna’s 'Prince Sukkasem' ill-starred romance with 'Mamia', a Burmese lady. It is a story that may embroider somewhat on fact but has a historical basis.

    Prince Sukkasem was the first child of Kaew Nawarat, the ruler of Lanna (now Chiangmai). He was sent to study in St. Patrick's School in Moulmein, British Burma. While studying in the magical landscape as background, the handsome Prince Sukkasem met a pretty girl called 'Mamia', the daughter of a middle-class family of some means. Mamia helped her family out by selling cigarettes in the market. No sooner had the Prince met this young lady than he fell in love with her and found that his feelings were reciprocated.

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    However, as the saying has it, the course of true love rarely runs smooth, and so it proved for the ill-matched pair. The short period of requited romance came to an end when the Prince's studies were concluded and Sukkasem had to return to Lanna. Unable to bear the thought of parting, Mamia returned with him dressed as a young man and playing the part of friend to the Prince.

    After all, the pretense could not be maintained back in Chiang Mai, where Chao (Prince) Kaew Nawarat, Sukkasem's father and the ruler of the Kingdom had already betrothed his son to Princess Bua Chum, a young royalty equivalent to the Prince's own rank.

    A factor that may well have played a role in this tragedy is that this was the time of the West's greatest colonial pressure on Southeast Asia. It was recognized that the pressure on Lanna could well increase to an intolerable extent if the prince - and the future ruler of Lanna - were to marry a national of a country already colonized by the British.

    Bowing to the inevitable and having sworn eternal faithfulness to one another, assured as they were that eventually they would be reunited in more auspicious circumstances, the lovers parted, Mamia returning to Burma.

    The day of her departure was especially painful with tears on all sides. Mamia washed her lover's feet with her long and glossy hair before leaving. Then, with a final embrace, they parted. Mamia promised to be faithful to their love and the prince swore that he would call her back when times were more propitious.

    Day followed day, and month gave way to month, and no improvement in the situation showed itself. True to her vows that Prince Sukkasem was her only love and that there would be no other, Mamia entered a Buddhist order as a nun.

    Prince Sukkasem, for his part, married unwillingly, and equally reluctantly took up his royal duties. However, deprived of love, he found no satisfaction in the rest of his life - and that was how the romance ended.

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    The pathetic story of Mamia and her young Prince touched people's hearts. It has found a permanent place in the popular literature of Lanna so that perhaps, it can be said that their love is as long lasting as they said it would be, both in its sweetness and also its pain.

    However, biographer Prani Siridhara na Badalung wrote in his book about Prince Sukkasem and Mamia. He ended that no further proof of this affair was found so far just the fact that the Prince got married in 1905, but they had no children. He died on 20 March 1913 at the age of 33.
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    The colorized B&W photo courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’ shows the funeral of a Siamese woman in the ancient time.

    Photographing the deceased in Siam was influenced by funeral tradition in the west which started in the Victorian era, where photographs of beloved deceased were taken as souvenirs.

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    The colorized B&W photo courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’ shows young King Rama V.

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    Museum of Decorative Arts, Berlin, Germany, 1884

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    The
    colorized B&W photo courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’ shows Charlie Intaravijit (1922-2021), one of the renowned Thai artists. He composed more than 1000 contemporary Thai songs and also directed a lot of Thai films. He was later chosen as a National Artist for the Performing Arts.

    He was married to a beautiful actress named Sirinthip Siriwan who was born in Nakorn Chaisri, Nakorn Prathom District. On 3 December 1987, at the age of 61, while filming a movie, Sirinthip was mysteriously disappeared. Until now, traces of her have never been found.

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    Charlie used to compose a famous song dedicated to her remarkable beauty titled ‘Nakorn Chaisri girl’:


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    Phra Thinang (Throne Hall) Borom Ratchasathit Mahoran is a large banquet hall at the very back of the Chakri Maha Prasat group within Grand Palace. The hall was built by King Rama V as a banqueting hall to host foreign guests and dignitaries.

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    Inside the hall, there were three interesting rooms called the Green room, the Yellow room and the Blue room. All were connected to each other. The Yellow room was the biggest one and the one that was connected directly to Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall, the most important Hall. So, this room meant the royal path for the King.

    The King had a lot of Royal Concubines. Some of them gained the title for being just a fling. These women once heard about the King’s passing would gather in this room to present themselves to him. Once happened, this place looked like a hen-house. So, order had to be applied.

    They were informally called the ‘Yellow room Concubines’ which was considered a disdainful term which meant the Concubines that were ignored or no longer desired by the King. They were being there just to present their faces to the King, might be he could recognize.

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    The colorized B&W photo courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’ shows the Yellow room in the reign of King Rama VI. At that time, the room was renovated to displayed porcelain wares.
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    The colorized B&W photo courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’ shows King Rama V (right) with his half-brother who was ordained and in the end got the title: His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch.

    On the 100th Anniversary of the Death of His Royal Highness the Supreme Patriarch Prince Vajirananavarorasa, 1860-1921, he was announced as a UNESCO Important Person of the world, peace category award.

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    The colorized B&W photo courtesy of ‘Page Siam Colorization by Noomrattana’ shows one of King Rama V’s sons, the 17th (1876-1914), dressed in full uniform of the Royal Thai Army in the early Ratanakosin era.


    The process of colorizing the black and white images of ancient uniforms adorned with various kinds of royal insignias showing various ranks is quite difficult. The stuff had to study the history in detail in order to make the result accurate.

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    Thank you for the images and the notes about them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
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    Thank you for the images and the notes about them.
    You are very welcome...

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    1910s in Bangkok

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