Pakubuwono X of Surakarta celebrating his 72nd birthday : LIFE 7 Desember 1936
Pakubuwono X of Surakarta (Solo) is the richest king of Java who reigned from 1893 till 1939. LIFE magazine 7 Desember 1936 was invited to exclusively report his lavish 72nd birthday celebration. The king was the first person in Indonesia who owned a Benz car type Carl Benz in 1894 uniquely preceding the Dutch colonials at that time. Also mentioned in the article that the king had a private English plane. During his rule, Javanese culture developed intensively. Wayangs, dances, gamelans, and batiks were highly improved at his time. Surakarta was a vorstenlanden, a semi-autonom area, explaining why the Dutch resident is standing beside him.