Katya Knyazeva (avezink) wrote,
Katya Knyazeva

"I thought Chinese would be easier to learn..." (1924)

A curious photo found on ebay, with a message in Russian on the back.

"This is me during my Chinese lesson in my office. My teacher, Mr. Ching, is happy with me so far, but I am very unsatisfied with my progress. I thought Chinese would be easier to learn. Every morning you can find us sitting like this, from 8:15 to 9:15 am, and sometimes even longer. Shanghai, June 1924."

What's the story? The Russian's tools of trade are an Oliver typewriter, a phone, magazines and books. If he is a journalist, however, he is not a Soviet journalist, because he uses pre-reform spelling in his letter.

Tags: 1920s, 1924, archive, discovery, photography, russians, shanghai, vintage

Posts from This Journal “1924” Tag

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.