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A special exhibition at the National Museum of Taiwan History will offer a retrospection of a wide variety of street vendors commonly seen on the streets in Taiwan's earlier days. The four-month exhibition will take place in Tainan and run until Sept. 28.
The voices of these peddlers are easily recognized by Taiwanese residents, and their cries and loudspeakers remind people of specific smells, tastes, and routines. These hawking sounds will be played in the venue to bring back collective memories of the olden days.
Their mobile stands, however small, were full of wonders as well. Whether selling goods or providing services, they were able to pack all their equipment and tools into one stand.
Each peddler had their own stories and struggles, forming the cornerstone of Taiwanese society. They once offered invaluable services and goods, but have since been marginalized by retail outlets and conglomerates. The remaining vendors now concentrate in farmers' markets, where they persist through quality and friendly banter.
The exhibition will include rusted stands, old equipment such as carts, bamboo baskets, and charcoal stoves used by vendors who've already disappeared. The exhibition is part of the museum's ongoing "Taiwan Memories” series held to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Republic of China.