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E.V. Cowdry Photographs, Negatives, and Lantern Slides Item
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Group portrait with E.V. Cowdry, young men, and one woman posed before the entrance to the Anatomy Building of the Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China.

Included in the folder is the original cardboard backing the photograph was mounted on. Handwritten inscription on the board reads: "To Prof. E.V. Cowdry compliments of K.C. Jen, S.K. Lin, Robert K.M. Li, P.P. Liang, Miss Dr. V.S. Nya, Paul Sang, H.C. Hon, Aloy Soong, C.K. Lin."

Group portrait of five domestic servents at the Cowdry home, China.

The men each have a handwritten number beneath their feet which corresponds to a caption on the back of the photograph that reads: "1 = Coolie; 2 = Wasli coolie; 3 - Cook - who 'squeezed' so, we won't have him again; 4 = Chang, no. 1 boy; 5 = rickshaw coolie. I wish they were plainer." The term "coolie" was a term implying an unskilled manual laborer or indentured laborer during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The term is now considered derogatory and/or a racial slur.

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