National Geographic : 1952 Nov
© National Geographic Society 650 Kodachromes by Jean anat range nnoi + Old and New Blend in Quetta: Cattle Draw Rubber-tired Gasoline Carts Brand-new American automobiles, some operated by tribal chiefs in turbans and flowing robes, drive up for gas, but the station's tanks are filled by oxen, still the most economical form of transportation in Quetta. Rubber tires, doubling the animals' towing capacity, are a blessing, for the old wooden wheels tortured human cars (below). - Like an endless belt, Karachi men and women pass pans of concrete up a scaffold to build Pakistan's National Library. Flipperlike gauntlets protect their hands. Kodachrome by National Geographic 'PhotographerJ. laylor Roberts -> + Wooden Wheels Shriek as Oxcarts Haul Huge Loads of Cotton near Shahpur Here in the Thal Project area of the Punjab, irrigation water from the Jinnah Barrage (dam) is transforming 1,500,000 acres of desert into fertile farms. Last year more than 100,000 acres were brought into cultivation, and 8,000 tons of cotton were grown. Government aid has set up homesteads for 10,000 families, many of them Moslem refugees from India. Here ox drivers can afford no rubber tires, for every penny counts. One farmer carries a hubble-bubble, which his companions share at rest stops.