Sunday, 17 November 2013

A late 19th century photo of a Sicilian boy and his donkey

Until the middle of the 20th century donkeys - transporting heavy loads, powering millstones and dragging plows - were a common sight in the Sicilian countryside. During the heyday of sulphur mining in the 19th century the island was crossed by long lines of donkeys carrying the "yellow gold of Sicily".

Donkeys have of course also been - and still are - used for transporting people. The boy in this late 19th century picture earned his living by taking visitors on donkey rides:

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