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A photograph of men carrying wine in skins on the island of Madeira, circa 1906.


This image shows approximately two dozen men carrying wine in skins.  The image itself is from the photograph album of Charles Page Bryan who was U.S. Minister to Portugal from 1903 to 1909.  The wine skins themselves are carried in two different fashions.  The first involves a long pole, rested on a shoulder.  The second involves one rather long skin lashed around the shoulders with roping that rests on the forehead.  Some men employ both methods by wedging one arm between their head and the lashings, with both hands holding a pole that supports the back of the long skin.

Men carrying wine in skins on the island of Madeira.  c. 1906. [1]

Men carrying wine in skins on the island of Madeira. c. 1906. [1]


[1] Image from the Photograph album of Charles Page Bryan. c. 1906.  William & Mary Digital Archive.  URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/13410

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