Fisherman In Grand Canal By The East Gate, Peking, China  Herbert C. White Co. [RESTORED]
Entitled: Fisherman In Grand Canal By The East Gate, Peking, China [c1907] HC White Co. [RESTORED] Minor spotting defects repaired, followed by major adjustments to contrast, tonal range, minor edge repairs and a final sepia tone.
The original photograph was found in the US Library of Congress' collection under Reproduction Number LC-USZ62-42221. The image was the right half of a stereoview and was of such extremely poor quality that I had serious doubts about being able to salvage it at all. It was dark to the point that almost no details were apparent, and it was further crippled by the fact that it was only a very low resolution image to begin with (1994Kb). Perhaps the Gods of Photoshop were smiling on this one; I know it wasn't me.
This lift net method of fishing has probably been in China for untold generations. An ingenious contraption with few moving parts made from easily available materials, it would be enough to keep any poor family from starvation.