Stilts Beyond Drywall

Postmen and other inhabitants of the Landes region in France routinely traveled on stilts, as in this posed photo from the 1920s.

Stilted English farmworkers assemble a support structure for hop plantings that will be used to flavor beer.

Nineteenth-century French shepherds are depicted here on their stillts. To sit and rest,they would brace themselves with a long staff topped by a board seat, creating a stable tripod.

A Disney employee dressed as a moose shows his drywall-stilt form at the company’s Orlando theme park.

These characters at the Six Flags theme park in Valencia, Calif., may or may not know anything about hanging drywall, but they look pretty comfortable on their stilts.

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