National Geographic : 1927 Apr
Photograph byRoy C.Bennett A FLEET OF EGG BOATS SEEN FROM THE GARDEN BRIDGE, SHANGHAI In China, eggs are carried in open baskets. When Americans entered the wholesale market as buyers ofeggs forevaporating, they attempted to introduce egg cases, such as are used in the United States; but the breakage became enormous, as Chinesecoolies, unable toread the"HANDLE WITH CARE" signs printed in Chinese on the closed boxes, pitched them about so roughly that the eggs weresmashed. The buyers sighed and returned to the use of open baskets. The immense volume of eggs produced by small flocks in China is almost beyond comprehension. American capital hasdeveloped an important industry in the collection of these eggs, breaking them and freezing or desiccating thecontents. Because ofthefact that labor is cheap, the cost of these eggs is very low.