Amoy (Xiamen), Fukien province, China: foundling children outside a foundling hospital. Photograph by John Thomson, ca. 1870.
- Thomson, J. (John), 1837-1921
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Ten children sitting outside a lean-to building with straw walls. a woman standing in the doorway on the right hand side. In the 19th century, as result of extreme poverty and war, female infanticide was particularly high in Amoy. A local merchant set up a foundling hospital to care for unwanted children. Often the locals sold their girls to the hospital for as little as five pence, whereas a boy might fetch as much as three pounds. Anyone wishing to adopt a child, however, could go to the hospital and be given one free of charge, provided he could show he was perfectly respectable
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