National Geographic : 1919 Sep
Photograph by C. D. Jameson A BASKET MADE OF BANDS OF STRAW BRAID TO HOLD SOY BEANS The bands, about eighteen inches in width, are wound round and round in a spiral from the bottom up, the bottom edge of the band being on the inside of the top edge of the band below, which overlaps it some four or six inches. This huge basket is filled with beans as it is built, thus holding the bands in place. A CHINESE BUREAU OF STANDARDS Although to the visitor the Chinese seem careless in their standards of measurement or weight, the shoe is usually on the other foot. Until recently, even the silver bullion which served as currency was weighed and the seller bargained around until he discovered the most friendly steelyards. The Chinese steelyard is not steel at all, but is made of some heavy wood, with the weights marked with small silver or steel points which are inlaid with great care.