April 18th, 2020

The Hawkings' and The Limit (1930s vs 1949)

There is a fairly well-know article in the Life magazine on the Hawkings' estate called The Limit, on Hungjao Road. This old outpost of the opulent British living in western Shanghai did not budge even when the Communist soldiers walked into the garden. The publication, on May 30, 1949, must have generated a lot of readers' responses, because – as I learned today – there was a follow up in the June issue, which reassured the public: the Hawkings are alright!

Here are some images from the two articles:

The images below are from my collection.

The "Lady of The Limit" Gladys Hawkings in 1936, when she only had daffodils to worry about:

The view of the Hawkings' estate in 1933, taken with an aerometer (predecessor of the modern drone?):