October 30th, 2017


Another source of great old images of Shanghai

Taken by Japanese intelligence in the years 1924–1944 and published in 15 volumes. The images are reproduced online in hi-res, with unobtrusive watermarks in the corner.

The grid of lane houses several blocks south of Nanjing Road, in the International Settlement.

The roof of the Russian Consulate and the Public Gardens over Suzhou Creek. Taken in 1938 from a high floor of the Astor Hotel.

The row of cars on the Bund, in front of the Bank of China, under construction in 1938.

Audience on the balcony of the Green Lotus Teahouse, on Fuzhou Road, photographed in 1931.

It's the first time I am seeing this angle. This is the intersection of Avenue Joffre and Avenue du Roi Albert, looking east. Pharmacie Generale on the corner (never knew how modest the building was); further down Avenue Joffre we see a sign for Josepho Studio. Off camera, to the right, would be the Auditorium Apartments. The very top of the Grosvenor House is seen to the left; also, the spire of the Cathay Theatre is visible in the centre. This is shot in 1938.

And so on. See for yourself: 老照片中的华夏. The author of the post has images of other places in China as well.

Full download of the whole series is available here.