Under The Bamboo Tree, Port of Spain, Trinidad W.I.




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C.E. Barker


A community lives “under the bamboo tree” in this postcard. There are four very simple wooden houses standing on little wooden legs, with boarded windows and doors. Electricity lines, attached to two electricity poles, pass overhead and residents, mostly adults, pose for the taking of the photograph. Some of them are standing and one is sitting near the doorways of their homes. Everyone is simply dressed with dresses reaching to just under the knee. Most of them are wearing hats. A man and his donkey stand directly under the large clump of bamboo at the middle of the photograph. There is a sign on the wooden building at the extreme right but it is illegible and a road sign post that may read “Sydenham Avenue” on the left of the photograph. A little girl sits on the concrete embankment just under the road sign and behind her and the group of mostly ladies standing there is a picket fence. There are other trees in the photograph besides the bamboo tree, for instance there is a coconut palm on the left but the bamboo tree seems to envelop the entire space so that everything is “under the bamboo tree”.


Funding for this project has been provided by Mrs. Irma E. Goldstraw.

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Trinidad and Tobago, Postcards, Bamboo, Rural roads, Villages, 1898