January 16th, 2013

Dragon Chi

Photos from 1967

"Shanghai Journal: An Eyewitness Account of the Cultural Revolution" is a surprisingly stupid memoir. No wonder it's forgotten. No wonder Shanghai Library has it.
Shanghai Memoir quote
The only redeeming quality of it are a handful of interesting photos.
First Department Store
Bund and British Consulate
(The author lived in Broadway Mansions.)

Soy Sauce Shop
This one is my favorite. The caption says "The shop front." In fact, it's a soy-sauce factory and shop 酱园, a traditional condiment business once ubiquitous in Shanghai. Following the example of a particularly successful "sauce king" all shops adopted the character 万(萬) in their names: Wanchun Jiangyuan, Wanyu Jiangyuan.