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Sewing maids in old costumes.<br />
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Fascinating 112 year-old photographs of Bhutan taken decades before the remote country in the Himalayas became open to outsiders have been unearthed.<br />
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The images provide an unprecedented insight into the isolated kingdom nestled between India and China in the heart of the Himalayas at the beginning of the 20th century. <br />
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The country was almost completely cut off for centuries as it sought to protect its ancient traditions and has only become more accessible to visitors since the 1970s. Such has been their desire to protect their heritage they didn't have TV until 1999.<br />
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The photographs are believed to have belonged to the family of someone who took part in the expedition to Bhutan in 1905 and have since been passed to a private collector.<br />
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The present owner has now decided to submit them for auction and they are tipped to sell for £15,000.