From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Tian'anmen Square's old slabs up for sale

Historic souvenirs


By Xiao Chen (China Daily)
2006-01-25 05:58

SHANGHAI: At 1,999 yuan (US$247), they cost more than the average slab of paving.

And at just 12 centimetres long they are smaller than most too.

But what makes these slabs special is they come from the largest square in the world.

A Shanghai-based company is offering the well-crafted souvenirs made from pieces of Tian'anmen paving stones that were removed during its 1999 facelift when the People's Republic of China marked its 50th anniversary.

Read more about the Tian'anmen Square's slabs here.

Entrepreneurship is alive and well in China. These tiles are just little pieces of paving stone -- maybe just concrete. It reminds me of the pieces of the Berlin Wall that were sold during the early 1990's. Those high-priced chips of concrete could have come from anywhere, and many of them probably did.

 Tiananmen Square (Image from Wikimedia Commons

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