Johnny’s Karachi


“Johnny Stores refers to a stall on Elphinstone Street (now Zeb-un-Nissa street) run by a man named Jankidas in the 1930s and 1940s. Commonly known as Janki, British soldiers changed this to “Johnny.” Johnny Stores used to sell toffees, sweets, chewing gum, pencils, pens, battery cells, and other odds and ends. It also sold nicely printed black-and-white postcards of Karachi that may have been photographed by someone else.”

4 Comments so far

  1. Sufi (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

    Look at all that space in Karachi.. wah waah.

  2. Imran (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 12:15 am
  3. ash (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 3:10 am

    wow.when i was really young (in the 80’s) i actually knew people who still called it elphinstone…havent heard that word in about 25 years, love the pic

  4. turab (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    great find!

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