Vintage Color Photography–#4.

Messenger or postman delivering the mail clasped in the end of a split bamboo pole. Japan, around 1868-1895.
[translated part of info at flickr using Google Translator: Circa 1868-1874. Photo, hand colored, of a series of 42 prints in the collection of Spaarnestad Photo, written by Felice Beato, Kusakabe Kimbei or Baron Raimund von Stillfried.]
Image from the National Archive, Netherlands (image at flickr)

Hikyaku – were couriers or messengers active in the medieval and early modern periods, who transported currency, letters, packages, and the like.

Settlement at the Dee River crossing, Mount Morgan district, ca.1895

Settlement at the Dee River crossing, Mount Morgan district, ca.1895; Dee River crossing situated between Mount Morgan and the mine. Photo by Jens Hansen Lundager; Lundager’s Album of Postcards, hand coloured; postcard in collection at John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

The wharf, Naples, Italy

The wharf, Naples, Italy; ca. 1890 – 1900; photomechanical print : photochrom, color; Detroit Publishing Company, 1905.
Library of Congress Photochrom print collection image.

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