The sight of this wheelbarrow thus loaded, was entirely new to me.

Quote Mar 6, 2013

The sight of this wheelbarrow thus loaded, was entirely new to me. I could not help remarking its singularity, at the same time that I admired the simplicity of the invention. I even think, that in many cases such a barrow would be found much superior to ours.

— Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest in 1797, quoted by Kris De Decker in Low-tech Magazine: How to downsize a transport network: the Chinese wheelbarrow

I wouldn’t call myself a wheelbarrow enthusiast, but this is oddly fascinating. And, if you ever transported large quantities of stuff with western wheelbarrows, it might make you angry, too.

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Tom Charman