As some of you may have noticed I've joined tumblr and I've been looking around and seeing what's what. This morning I came across an astounding photo of a Korean sailor from around 1904. It's part of the Cornell University Library collection and they've very kindly shoved a whole load of their photos on flickr (The Korean collection seems to run from page 99 to 109)...
Possibly the coolest dudes in the whole of Chosun.
The Haechi/Haetae was protecting Gyeongbok Palace back in 1904.
And Monsoon season was a rather serious event.
Some girls went to Gisaeng school.
And some boys carried water.
Music was played.
Rice was pounded.
And doing the laundry was a lot less convenient than today.
Pipes were smoked.
And children were very good at standing in lines.
Their ten pages of photos are well worth checking out if you fancy a glimpse of Korea at the start of the twentieth century.