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Shanghai history and architecture

Victor Sassoon and Alexander Vertinsky in the same picture!
Sometimes hours spent flipping through black and white photos on a computer screen pay off. Thousands of hi-res historic images of Shanghai on Google Arts & Culture include famous series, like George Lacks' or Jack Birns' coverage, and also some obscure and surprising collections. As I was browsing the Shanghai photo strip, a familiar face glanced at me from the lower right corner of one photo:

Confronting the camera with a slighly irritated look was the famous Russian poet and singer Alexander Vertinsky!

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