Black and white photograph showing a young man in a fur hat pushing cart of brooms. The young man carries a stick and is striking a gourd to attract customers. Behind him is a wall on which graffitti in Chinese characters can be seen.
In Old Peking, peddlers and craftspeople relied on calling out to attract trade. But there were some who didn't use their voice but rather the sound of a particular instrument to identify their trade. For example the knife sharpener blew a trumpet and the broom peddler struck a gourd.
This is one of a large number of photographs that were taken by Hedda Morrison (1908-1991) during her years of residence in Peking (Beijing), China 1933-1946.
Gift of Mr Alastair Morrison, 1992
Chinese characters on the wall: "(illegi)...Ba Fen Ban...Sheng...(illegi)" (...eight cents fifty...unripe/living...)