A black-and-white photograph showing a street vendor carrying a stand of feather fans on his shoulder. Feather fans are one of the oldest forms of fans in China. The most common ones were made from goose feathers, while feathers from pheasants, peacocks, cranes, and falcons were considered more sophisticated.
The photograph is the 44th of 449 photographs of Beijing and its surroundings in the album of Ivan Skušek Jr., purchased during his stay in Beijing (1914–1920). In the handwritten inventory of the album, the photograph is referred to as as Strassen-Verkäufer von Feder-Fächern. (DZ)