Sedan chair – Photo of the day
Published by Paula Bray on June 18, 2010 in Photo of the day.
John Thomson took this photograph of a sedan chair and its two bearers in Hong Kong around 1869. This is a collotype print from the original negative which was published in 1874. The cost of using a sedan chair service at this time ranged from 10 cents to two dollars a day. Initially Thompson felt guilty about being carried about on the shoulders of the bearers but after a few days in the “hot, trying climate” quickly adapted to their use.
Chair-stands were to be found outside all of the European hotels as well as at the wharves and most of the bearers slept, ate, and worked on the streets of Hong Kong for most of the year. Military officers were not permitted to use sedan chairs and if they could not walk they were at liberty to use horses.
Photography by John Thomson
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