September 25th, 2020

Hall & Holtz, and the Tall Man's Sadle

Built shortly after the turn of the 20th century, the Hall and Holtz building on the southeast corner of Nanking and Szechuen Roads "stood long enough to become something of a landmark." It is said that "years ago the Hall and Holtz store sold a fine leather saddle, but at the end of the month could not remember, who the purchaser had been. It was noted, however, that it was a saddle suitable only for a tall man. Subsequently, a dozen or more bills were sent to various tall customers. It is related they all paid." This memory was published in 1936, just before the demolition of the store began. A year later, the Liza Hardoon Building was erected on that spot.

Images: Virtual Shanghai.