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Jinrickshaw (Rickshaw)

The word ‘jin-rick-shaw’ (or ’jinricksha’) literally means ‘man-power-carriage’.
Later, the words ‘jinrickshaw’ and ‘jinricksha’ were simplified to ‘rickshaw’.

The rickshaw was first brought into Southeast Asia from Shanghai in 1880.
Fares were cheap and the rickshaw’s popularity grew rapidly.

This photograph shows a rickshaw puller in normal day attire – long sleeves
and straw hat to keep out the sun; shorts and unbuttoned shirt to keep
cool; a towel around the neck for wiping off sweat and dust; and barefooted
for a better feel of the road.

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Written by victorkoo

25 February, 2008 at 10:00 am

Posted in Philatelic Book

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