Burmah: Elephant Working


This photograph of an elephant at work in the logging industry of Burma is from the George Grantham Bain Collection at the Library of Congress. The collection contains approximately 40,000 glass plate negatives and 50,000 photographic prints, most dating from the 1900s to the mid-1920s. Bain, who was born in 1865 and died in 1944, founded the New York-based Bain News Service in 1898. Specializing in news about New York City and to a lesser degree the eastern United States, Bain distributed its own pictures, and those purchased from other commercial agencies, to about 100 newspapers. While focusing on the United States, the Bain News Service also provided coverage of other countries. At the time this undated photo most likely was taken, Burma (also known as Myanmar) was part of British India. It became a separate colony in 1937 and an independent country in 1948.

Last updated: March 15, 2017