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Oil mill, Madras

Photograph of an oil mill at Madras in Tamil
Nadu, taken by Nicholas & Curths in c. 1870, from the
Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Here a bullock team
grinds down the contents of a large wooden tank to produce,
possibly, coconut oil; the animals are attached to an arm which
turns the base of the container. This image is from a series of
'Photographs illustrating various native classes,…