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January 2, 2023

Great Men of Korea Ride Safely One Wheel, 1933

Riding on one wheel may convey an impression of reckless driving, but it is a slow and stately form of locomotion in the Asiatic land of Chosen (Korea). When a dignitary prepares for a trip, he dons a costume that properly reflects his power and prestige, and mounts a vehicle like the curious single-wheeled carriage pictured here. Four strong coolies seize the guiding bars and trundle him toward his destination. Judging from appearances the passenger must necessarily be resigned to a certain amount of rather rough joggling.

General of Korea, attired in full dress for formal visit, goes forth riding on a one-wheeled carriage that is propelled by his servants.




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