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