National Geographic : 2002 Apr
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback A. L. SHELTON TIBETANS Hanging inThere "Throughout the whole region ... bridges are few and primitive," wrote A. L. Shelton, author of "Life Among the People of Eastern Tibet," from the September 1921 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. This image of a precarious Mekong River crossing was first published in that issue. "With his mount securely trussed to the rope bridge," says the pho to's caption, "the owner supplies his own motive power, hand over hand, as he pulls himself and beast across the chasm with the river far below." A staple of Tibetan food also presented some difficulties, according to Shelton, a medical mis sionary who had spent several years in the country. "There is such a quantity of yak hair in the butter that an observer would almost assume that it was a prized ingredient," he wrote. You can send this month's Flashback as an electronic greeting card and access the Flashback photo archives at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/flashback/0204. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358)IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 114517THSTNW,WASHINGTON, DC20036-4688.$34.00 AYEARFORU.S.DELIVERY, $6.00 PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING). PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON, DC,ANDATADDITIONAL MAILING OFFICES. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESS CHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, POBOX63002,TAMPA, FL33663-3002.