July 18th, 2021

Over 4,100 historic images of Shanghai mapped on PastVu

Highlights of this project appear on the Facebook page Mapping Old Shanghai. Here is a selection of some locations from the latest hundred:

A residence at 471 Rue Lafayette, which became a site of a murder, in June 1932:


A fireman’s funeral at Bubbling Well Cemetery:


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A drawing of the Union Insurance Society building on the Bund, designed in 1913 by Palmer & Turner:


The parade of the Russian regiment of the SVC along Bubbling Well Road, in 1932:


Visitors at the Sino-Soviet Friendship Palace, in the late 1950s:


Wayland W. Magee in the crowd outside Deyilou teahouse, in the old city, in 1909:


Anti-inflation parade on Middle Huaihai Road, going past the former Grand Garage Français, in 1948:


Olga Edney buying flowers in the Hongkew Market on Woosung (Wusong) Road, in 1947:


Agnes Smedley, George Bernard Shaw, Song Qingling, Cai Yuanpei, Harold Isaacs, Lin Yutang & Lu Xun, in Sun Yat-sen's house on Rue Moliere, in 1933:


Grave of Paul Feiwel Weinstein (1896–1944), at the Jewish Cemetery on Baikal Road, photographed in 1945:


Busy street outside the gate of the Commercial Press, on Paoshan (Baoshan) Road, c. 1910:


Stores run by Austrian and German refugees, on East Seward Road, in the 1940s:


Japanese army on East Broadway, about to cross Hongkew Creek, 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.