wilson_photographs_1907-1911_05 December 20, 2018February 5, 2019 Matthew Caulkins, Web Applications Program Manager Previous Next China – tea carriers. Western Szechuan. Men laden with “Brick Tea” for Thibet. One man;s load weighs 317 lbs. alone, the other’s 298 lbs. alone! Med carry this tea as far as Tachien-lu accomplishing about six miles per day over vile roads. Altitude 5,000 ft. July 30, 1908. These 14 images, with their original captions, were the first glass plate negatives by Arnold Arboretum plant explorer Ernest Henry Wilson to be digitized through a grant from Harvard University. The Arboretum holds more than 4,500 photographs that document the flora, landscapes, culture of eastern Asia, now cataloged on VIA, Harvard’s Visual Image Catalog. Copyright © 2006, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.