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Invented by the Reverend Jonathan Scobie, an American Baptist minister in Yokohama, Japan in 1869. The contraption was a way for his handicapped wife to travel around the city.

The hand-pulled rickshaw made its way around Asia but has been replaced by cycle-rickshaws and motorized vehicles everywhere but Kolkata, the last place where it is commonly used for transportation.

There is no record of the good man's wife hollering "Scobie-Do!!!" as she sped through crowds.

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Additional Photos by Bob Wallace (BobTrips) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 343 N: 75] (1857)
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