Katya Knyazeva (avezink) wrote,
Katya Knyazeva

Over 2,800 historic images of Shanghai mapped on PastVu

Quite spontaneously, this issue of Mapping Old Shanghai is devoted to entertainment.


Dancing on the Bund in 1998. Photo by Sebastião Salgado.

Acrobatics! I mapped some rare views of streets and squares in the old town, which Jack Birns snapped during his visit there in 1949:

Drinking and what not! Views of various bars on Broadway, in the Astor House building:

Taking in the scenery. Some views of the Yu Garden when it was laid out rather differently from today:

This ferris wheel able to carry 25 passengers was shipped from the US and installed in the New World in 1929 in anticipation of Shanghai's first full-scale beauty contest (which I discuss in my new article coming out this autumn):

Eating! We know where you are, Jimmy:

Lots of money in these bags! We know where it is coming from: from the Bank of Shanghai, on Kiukiang (Jiujiang) Road:

Other "new" old photographs can be found in the PastVu Gallery. There is now a Facebook page where I post highlights from this project: Mapping Old Shanghai.

Link to the map

You can use various base maps: Mapnik street map, Google Scheme, Google Satellite or Yandex Satellite (sometimes sharper than Google).

To switch between architectural drawings and photographs, select the icon with the landscape or the photocamera. To open each image in a new window click the icon with the arrow to the right of the landscape icon:

Tags: mapping, pastvu, shanghai

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