Chinese agriculture. Peasants planting a field with a seeding machine (a hopper with two pipes leading to pronged feet), man irrigating a field on a water pump, man operating a toothed milling machine to remove the husk from the rice, plow. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Andrea Bernieri from Giulio Ferrario's Ancient and Modern Costumes of all the Peoples of the World, Florence, Italy, 1843. Date:
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Rice Plant - preparing land with harrow
Chinese cultivated the land intently, annually the ground would flood by heavy rains, when the waters had receded the earth was covered with a thick coating of slime and mud, which fertilized the ground as perfectly as the riches manure. The ground is carefully harrowed, this is done several times, until the ground is well worked. Date: 1833
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Sea-suits for sunning and swimming 1930
Women models relaxing with the latest beach pyjamas, (left model), Distinctly nautical air, and is made of sponge cloth and cotton in natural colours with wavy stripes, from Army and Navy Stores. (below model), Kilted shorts over a one-piece polka dot swim suit. (right model), Green linen trousers a shantung blouse and a printed linen coat finished off with a Chinese hat.
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