Forgotten photographs - Charade

I found this photo at ‘Chor Bazaar’ (thief market – a shopper’s paradise) in Bombay when I was searching for vintage Indian photographs. I think it was made during a typical charade party, which must have been British and probably pre WWII.

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This vintage print is for sale as part of The Other Way of Seeing” collection: a collection of vintage photography from India.

“a piece of ridiculous pretence which is so obvious that it does not deceive anyone”

“an absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance.”

in pantomime a word, phrase, title, etc., often syllable by syllable, for members of their team to guess.
2. a word or phrase acted out in pantomime.
3. a blatant pretense or deception; travesty.
(Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary)