October 7th, 2020

3,600+ historic images of Shanghai mapped on PastVu

Highlights of this project appear on the Facebook page Mapping Old Shanghai. To celebrate another 100 uploads I've chosen to show the photos with the most people.

"In May 1924, KMT and CCP members gathered at Sun Yat-sen's residence at Xiangshan Road, Shanghai, to commemorate the third anniversary of his office as extraordinary president of the military government in Guangzhou. The arrow in the photo is pointing to Mao Zedong, who was acting head of the KMT's propaganda department."


Aloha Wanderwell, the "First Woman to Pilot a Motorcar" and the "First Woman to Drive Around the World," is photographed during her stopover in Shanghai, outside the 怡昌 Hudson Ford Essex auto store on the NW corner of Tibet Road and Avenue Edward VII. Aloha and Walter Wanderwell are standing on both sides of the store manager. This is 1924 or 1925:


The Russian performer Alexander Vertinsky and other guests are dancing in Arcadia cabaret, after the conclusion of Miss Shanghai-1940 beauty pageant:


A more relaxed atmosphere reigns in the Mascot Roof Garden, on Wayside Road, on the roof of Broadway Theatre, also in July 1940:


A crowd of Shanghai Russians have gathered outside the Russian daily news kiosk on Avenue Joffre, to listen to the latest update on the Hitler's army attack on the USSR in June 1941:


A still from the documentary footage, showing the visit of five foreign consuls to the Nationalist Bureau of Foreign Affairs on Route Ghisi, in March 1927. "Notes calling for redress are presented by the Five Nations (Italy, Japan, United States, United Kingdom, and France)."


Police at the scene of potentially malicious gas explosion at Socony station behind the Capitol Theatre, on South Soochow Road, in 1939:


Other historic images can be found in the PastVu gallery.

Link to the map



You can use various base maps: Mapnik street map and Google Scheme are good for reading the street names. Yandex Satellite is often sharper than Google Satellite.


To switch from photographs to paintings and graphics, choose the landscape icon on the right of the photo camera. The "outgoing arrow" icon further to the right forces to open a new tab for each clicked image.