KBK: The cartographic pioneer before PhotoShop

An advertisement appearing in The Times of India in Delhi today, in memory of Kul Bhushan Kumar, who set up a pioneering cartographic service for Indian newspapers over 60 years ago.

“KBK”, as his signature read, was a migrant from Peshawar who hopped across the border after Partition, setting up his syndication agency in Bengali Market in the heart of Delhi, supplying newspapers with information distilled into graphics decades before “graphics” became the buzzword.

Following KBK’s demise nine years ago, his son Vijay now runs the show, from the same address.

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