April 28th, 2020

Over 3,300 historic images of Shanghai mapped on PastVu

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

Costumed parade on Tibet Road, celebrating the Communist conquest of Shanghai, photographed by Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1949:


Commercial Press on Paoshan Road in various stages of construction, and the Wheel casino in the distance:


North Sichuan Road in brilliant colors, in 1945:


A wedding in the German Church on Avenue Haig, in 1933:


A pinup motorcyclist driving past the Magy Apartments in the French Concession:


A hot summer day on the Bund, envisioned by Sapajou in 1928:


This iconic early photograph of a teahouse on Nanking Road now finally has an address:


Other 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: