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The Chemulpo "Sawmill," Korea

1903

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Photo by C.H. Graves, 1903

Workers laboriously saw through lumber by hand at the Chemulpo sawmill in Korea, 1903.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection

Workers laboriously saw lumber in Chemulpo, Korea (now called Incheon).

This traditional method of wood-cutting is less efficient than a mechanized sawmill, but does provide employment for more people. Nonetheless, the western observer who wrote the photo caption clearly finds the practice laughable.

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