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FOOT BINDING in OLD CHINA -- By PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES RICALTON, 1900 | by Okinawa Soba (Rob)
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FOOT BINDING in OLD CHINA -- By PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES RICALTON, 1900

The above was written and printed in 1900.

 

This is the full photo description scanned from the back of the stereoview seen here : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/3461351447/in/set-7215...

 

Ricalton's original text from which this was extracted may or may not have gone into deeper detail about foot binding. I have the book, but it is packed away. Will dig it out later to compare.

 

In any case, his description is certainly "cleaned up" for this stereoview, as he fails to mention that the children's toes are all broken by hand before being "turned under the foot", as well as having the ankle and other bones broken and dislocated as well.

 

The main CLOSE UP CROP with all discussion, comments, and a detailed description of the bone-breaking process gleaned from other sources (and omitted in the above scan) will be seen HERE : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/3462167744/in/set-7215...

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Uploaded on April 30, 2009