New Road in 1930 and Taking a bath


(Photo: Bangkok to Bombay, Frank Carpenter, Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc, 1930)

New Road in 1930 and Taking a bath - September 21, 2005

The two plates here are reproduced from Bangkok to Bombay, Frank Carpenter, Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc, 1930

Left: Caption of the photo reads: Not so many years ago New Road, the main thoroughfare of Bangkok, was only a winding elephant track along the Menam River. Nowadays motors, rickshaws, and handcarts are mingled in the stream of traffic flowing past temples and pagodas.

Right: Caption of the photo reads: Although they are a good-natured and happy-looking lot, the Siamese girls and women, even when taking their daily baths, are not exactly alluring. They all wear their hair boy-style and most of them chew betelnut, which blackens their teeth and stains their lips.

(Photo: Bangkok to Bombay, Frank Carpenter, Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc, 1930)
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