A licensed rickshaw in Rhodesia

Contributed by Trevor

A licensed rickshaw in Rhodesia

Prior to 1940 there were no motorised taxis in the city of Bulawayo in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and passengers arriving by train could be transported in to the city in rickshaws drawn by African men dressed in colourful wild animal skin cloaks with feather headresses and assortments of bead bangles and necklasses, all of which made them attractive to tourists. However, with the advent of taxis the rickshaws gradually disappeared from the scene until 1947 when I took this photograph of my three children Estelle, John and Yvonne sitting in the rickshaw, taken near the Railway station. The men who pulled the rickshaws gradualy gave up wearing their colourful cloaks and headresses and took to wearing European type clothes which was not attractive enough for to lure tourists, and because there were people who protested that the Africans were being used, as slaves tied to their rickshaws, the vehicles were fazed out altogether.

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