Transportation has moved on!!!
The 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide yesterday. These images found at Siris, these photosouvenirs are from Judge E. Gorlia's second journey in theBelgian Congo (ca. 1915 ). Gorlia was a keen amateur photographer and at the time he was acting as an alternate to the public officer at one of the seven tribunals of first instance (sic). In the description text you’ll find the following lines:
The hammock was the only conveyance available for travel on land. It was swung beneath a bamboo pole carried on the shoulders of two strong African men. They could travel 20 to 30 miles a day. In normal time, there were four pairs of men for the hammock, two men carrying at a time. Men strong enough were almost impossible to find because they were likely to go off to work in the mines.