1931 League of Nations Commission of Enquiry into the Control of Opium-Smoking in the Far East, Report to the Council, Vol. 1, 32


Hidden People in Colonial Era Photographs

Diana Kim

This is a photograph from late 1920s Burma, taken by an unnamed photographer with a League of Nations' commission that was documenting opium use in the "Far East." The opium shop was one of 120 in the British ruled colony, located on Canal Street, today's Anawrahta Road in busy downtown Yangon. The unsmiling men that the caption identifies as "Indian consumers" are two among "235 Burmans, 12,619 Chinese, and 365 Indians" in 1929 who were registered to smoke opium, a yet legal drug.






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Sam Hirst

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