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Imaginary Motorized Washtub from 1931

Modern Mechanics Aug 1931

Modern Mechanics Aug 1931

Thanks to the Modern Mechanix blog with its righteous piles of scanned images from old magazines, you are now able to enjoy this bizzare doctored photo from a 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics.  While it appears presented as preposterous, I know some pumpkin boaters whose crafts are not far off this mark.

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Afloat in Hong Kong Harbor

photo by Karsten Petersen.  Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter Nov 2, 1976

photo by Karsten Petersen. Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter Nov 2, 1976

 I imagine since boats floated, people have made them their homes.  The fishing communities of China must be among the oldest of liveaboard cultures.  These images show the the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter in Hong Kong harbor.  The first image, from 1976, is from an incredible collection of images by Karsten Petersen.  Do not pass up seeing more of his images.

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This second photo from panaramio shows the same spot about three decades later.  I also found some pictures by  Bernard Tse.  He describes this community as the “remains of the aboriginal boat people.”  In recent images and satellite pictures, it is clear the numbers of people are dwindling from the days off when it appears you could cross the harbor hopping from boat to boat.

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