December 22nd, 2018


Old photos on Taobao

Photographic prints from personal collections sometimes land on Taobao. Here is a selection of Communist-era mementos from various vendors:

A Red Guard, with the characteristic armband, is biking along Changle Road, with the Cathay Mansions in the background. Look ma, no hands! It takes some skill to plan a shot like this.

Another Red Guard, visibly proud of her armband, is posing in the People's Park, with the former Park Hotel in the background. December 1966.

A Red Guard and her friends are posing against the Sino-Soviet Friendship Palace. Such good faces, some of them...

A group is posing on the Bund, with the Peace Hotel in the background. May 1964. Brother, husband and mom of the girl on the right? Or her husband, father and mother?

A girl in Xiangyang Park in the 1950s, with the Russian Cathedral in the background.

Curious about the scaffolding.

Three cool lads on the Bund in the 1980s.

This is a 1950s postcard showing the boating lake in the Peoples's Park (those were the days!). Moore's Church is in the background in the center.

This photo is probably from before 1949. "Rich beauty" (in the words of the Taobao vendor) is posing in the French Park, with College Municipal Francais in the background.