Coolies

Made:
c. 1871
photographer:
John Thomson

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'Coolies' A photograph of two Chinese labourers, taken by John Thomson [1837-1921] in about 1871
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A photograph entitled 'Coolies', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871. The photograph shows two labourers, or 'coolies', carrying jars or bundles of cloth on poles over their shoulders, the traditional way to carry goods in China.

A photograph entitled 'Coolies', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871.

The photograph shows two labourers, or 'coolies', carrying jars or bundles of cloth on poles over their shoulders, the traditional way to carry goods in China.

This photograph was published in the book, 'Foochow and the River Min' (1873), made by Thomson to document his travels up the River Min by boat from Fuzhou to Nanping, a distance of about 160 miles.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1992-5063/49
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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