The Magic Box: Following A Container Around the World

First episode: the box gets painted

It is hard to believe, but fifty years ago if you brought a load of stuff from Japan by ship, a bunch of longshoremen would be carrying it out of the ships by hand. It could take a week to unload a freighter. The shipping container changed everything and for better or worse, made globalism possible.

The BBC has followed one around the world and tells "the stories behind the goods inside, those who make them, and how they travel to consumers."
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See it all here:
The Box gets painted
The Box ready to start journey
BBC Box arrives in Shanghai
The Box unloads in Shanghai
BBC box leaves Greenock
Shipping ports face economic storm
New cargo for the Box

via Mark at BoingBoing
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