In the heyday of the postcard, the first decades of the 20th century, photographers roamed the streets and byways of the world seeking subjects that would provide interesting pictures for people to send in the mail as adornments to their mainly banal messages.

Among the scenes of life that attracted them were the ubiquitous bearer of things – the porters and shoppers, the perambulating traders, the women laden with firewood, water and offspring – and all those who could not afford a donkey or other working beast.

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