July 23rd, 2018


Images of the Cultural Revolution in Shanghai (1966–1976)

Here are some images of familiar locations in the midst of the Cultural Revolution. There is no violence but a lot of cheering. All the photos are from the Getty Images, except for the last.

1966. People are scaling the facade of the Wing On department store on Nanjing Road, tearing down the signage:

1966. Red Guards with armbands are conducting a rally under the portico of the former Da Sun department store on Nanjing Road. The Park Hotel is visible in the distance:

1967. Crowds are celebrating on the roof of the Custom House, having succeeded in changing the tune of the clock to 'East is Red' 东方红:

1967. Pedestrians in an alley off Nanjing Road, under the banner against American imperialism:

1968. Mao's portraits are carried along Nanjing Road toward the People's Square; the Wing On store is in the distance:

1971. Children are carrying images of Mao and red flags, while citizens go about their business:

1972. The US President Nixon is visiting the Sino-Soviet Friendship Centre:

1973. View of the embankment from the Peace Hotel. A giant propaganda stand has been installed there:

1974. A man is using a passenger pedicab for hauling something, maybe ice blocks:

1975. Back to Nanjing Road. The stores are adorned with propaganda banners. The one on the right is a quote from Lenin: 'Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.'

1976. Pedestrians on the Bund. Is it just the summer heat, or is everyone in the photo more relaxed than in the previous pictures? (This whole set of 1976 photos is here.)