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Merchants Home in Hankou

From the same provenance as the previous Hankou photographs.

While their customers have probably gathered for a meeting, the rickshaw men are waiting and sleeping in their vehicles. One of them is curiously peeking through the garden door.

Ca. 1900/1910.

 

Any idea about the function of the strange tower with the spiral staircase at the left? A water tower? An observation tower or an elevated tea house?

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Taken on May 8, 2012