September 7th, 2021

voice of the city

4,400 historic images of Shanghai mapped on PastVu

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

Indian policeman in front of Wanfulai 万福来, on the crossing of Nanking Road 南京路 and Shantung Road 山东路, in 1908:

Temple of the Heavenly Empress (Tianhou) 天后宫, which used to be on North Henan Road 北河南路, just north of the bridge across Soochow (Suzhou) Creek, c. 1907:

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Front gate of Star Motion Picture Co. 明星影片公司, which used to be on Xujiahui Creek, to the south of the French Concession, photographed in 1937:

Young girl and her amah, photographed near Tifeng Road (now North Wulumuqi Road), with Yue Tuck Apartments in the background, in 1938 (from Hennie Warinner's archive):

Still from a 1946 newsreel, showing the crowds at the black market on Liuhe Road 六合路, off Nanking Road 南京路:

City police doing the "street corner execution" of a group of captured Communists, on Zhonghua Road 中华路 near the Old West Gate 老西门, in early May 1949 – just days before the Communist armies take Shanghai (there exists also a newsreel footage of this massacre):

Citizens navigating the barbwire barricade on Kaifeng Road 开封路, close to the Windy Corner blockhouse on North Tibet Road 西藏北路, defended by the forces of the International Settlement:

Models lounging on the lawn of Ruijin Guesthouse 瑞金宾馆, c. 1970:

Foreign youths outside the entrance to the Metropole ballroom, on Gordon Road, in 1938 (from Hennie Warinner's archive):

From the same source – Anna Gredowsky and Jan van Senden, at the Racecourse, with New World Amusement Center 新世界 and Sun Co. Department Store 大新公司 in the background, in the 1930s:

More 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.