Cabinet Photograph
Unknown Photographer
Natal, South Africa
c. 1900

Though once a common sight in and around Durban there are but a few still operating in the area and these cater to the local tourist industry.

Although, as previously stated, that although the rickshaw having been invented by the Japanese for use in Japan, the use of rickshaws (the term is a westernisation of the Japanese
word
jinrikisha) quickly spread throughout the Far East, India and southern Africa and became somewhat emblematic of colonial rule, especially to modern eyes. This example is even
more blatantly so with the "
Europeans Only" (the afore mentioned Devilish detail) placard clearly visible in front of the operator.

The reverse side of the photograph bears the inscription "
Fred, in India" which clearly misidentifies the location where the photograph was taken. Fred, the soldier in question may well
have been posted to India at some point in his military career and this may have led to the confusion regarding the photograph's actual location.