|Although a traditional for of transportation in many parts of the world, the rickshaw seems to represent late 19th and early 20th Century colonialism in a way like few others. This Real
Photo Postcard image shows a member of the French colonial marines - the Troupes de Marine - in one such mode of transportation somewhere in French Indochina. The rickshaw
itself is interesting since it appears to be of a European buggy pattern adapted to the traditional Asian pattern with wire spoked metal wheels with pneumatic ribber tires, leaf springs
and drop top.
I small detail in this image are the photographer obscured the anchor regimental insignia on the soldier's casque colonial (tropical helmet) and coat collar.
Real Photo Postcard
|Above: The postcard's reverse side inscription sent as a souvenir to an pharmacist in Constantinople.