July 23rd, 2019


Over 2,700 historic images of Shanghai mapped on PastVu

Refugees at the locked gate of the French Concession (Porte du Nord). Photo by the Russian photographer George Krainukov.

Among the latest 100 additions to the Mapping Old Shanghai project there are:

Images from the Siemens archive:

Paris Bar, in the Tkachenko building at the corner of Rue Massenet and Avenue Joffre:

Some lovely chit-chat at the western end of Avenue Joffre, seen by both Malcolm Rosholt and Harrison Forman:

The Wing-On No. 3 Cotton Mill, on Markham (now Huai'an) Road, near Suzhou Creek:

Many shots of a vibrant street fair south of the Racecourse, with food carts, magicians and portable movie projectors:

A big group of Russian children posing at the entrance of St. Nicholas Church on Rue Corneille:

This colorful parade celebrating the establishment of the Communist rule in 1949:

Multiple images of the New Zealand Ballroom, near Bubbling Well Road, during the Taxi Dancers' Riot in 1948:

The same venue during a happier event – the election of Miss Shanghai in 1946:

Other "new" old photographs can be found in the PastVu Gallery. There is now a Facebook page where I post highlights from this project: Mapping Old Shanghai.

Link to the map

You can use various base maps: Mapnik street map, Google Scheme, Google Satellite or Yandex Satellite (sometimes sharper than Google).

To switch between architectural drawings and photographs, select the icon with the landscape or the photocamera. To open each image in a new window click the icon with the arrow to the right of the landscape icon: