Sampan life on Pearl River, Canton, China

Detail of women and children on the decks of long wide-bottomed wooden boats, called sampans. The boats were used for travel, work, and as dwellings for families living and working on the river. Wooden cabins are built into the center of the boats and long poles used to propel the boats can be seen on deck along with laundry, pots, buckets, and baskets. Women have long braids; women and children wear smocks and pants.
Date Original
circa 1920
New York State Archives. New York (State). Education Dept. Division of Visual Instruction. Instructional lantern slides. A3045-78, Neg. No. 12927.
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