April 2nd, 2020

Over 3,200 historic images of Shanghai mapped on PastVu

Corner of the Cathay Theatre, on Avenue Joffre, photographed by Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1949:


Highlights of this project appear on the Facebook page Mapping Old Shanghai. Below are some of the latest additions to the PastVu gallery.

Creche Ste Monique (St. Monica's Baby Home), built in 1925 on North Honan Road and destroyed in the 1932 Japanese hostilities:


Glimpses of Shanghai in 1999, from Magnum Photos:


Some 19th century views of the Confucian Temple:


The Star Motion Picture Co. headquarters on Route Doumer, c. 1930:


The view of the Bund with the proposed lightrail, in 1932:


South Sichuan Road back in 1911:


Various Italian sites of old Shanghai, such as the little-known New Royal Hotel:


A Ford ad from 1929, accurately depicting Shanghai's street view:


A variety of angles on the Longhua Pagoda:


Ewo Crescent, an English-style terrace, which used to be next to the Racecourse, in 1905:


Other new old photographs can be found in the PastVu gallery.

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, alternate between the photocamera and the landscape icons. To open each image in a new window click the icon with the outgoing arrow, to the right of the landscape icon: