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Seasonal greetings!

Compliments of the season to all friends of ‘Visualising China‘.  

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Back to the past

Prior to 1949, and again more recently, foreign tourists avidly visited the marvellous sights in China.  The tourist trail would include the Ming Tombs, just forty kilometres north of Peking (Beijing), here being explored in the 1920s, by donkey in … Continue reading

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A game of two halves

Football can also bring photograph collections together.  In 2008, an enigmatic album of photos collected by Harold Edwards Peck, a policeman in the Shanghai Municipal Police, was lent to the Historical Photographs of China project and digitised.   Two years later, … Continue reading

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A hunting we will go

Incidental mention of the Shanghai Paper Hunt suggests a new post. Here are two members of the Hunt in action. The Shanghai Paper Hunt Club dated is foundation to December 1863, but as its history, published in 1930, noted, there … Continue reading

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Racing in China, 1891

The Olympic torch is racing through Bristol as I write. We lack images of sports, aside from shots of European tennis parties, and many images of the racetracks of treaty port China. So here is a dramatic photograph from 1891 … Continue reading

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Sun Ke reading on a wooden chaise longue

Sun Ke (Sun Fo) (1891-1973), was a Nationalist politician and, briefly, in 1932, Premier of the Republic of China, as well as an educational reformer.  He was the son of Sun Yat-sen. In this informal portrait (Fu-n119) by Fu Bingchang, … Continue reading

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Water music

At this impromptu creekside concert, a record is being played for an audience gathered on the bank of a waterway.  One wonders what sort of music was played and what the audience thought of it.  The gramophone record player is … Continue reading

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Photographs of photographers: Warren Swire

Photographs of photographers with their cameras are not often found in their own albums of photographs.   So it was good to find a snap of Warren Swire with an unidentified woman wearing jodhpurs, taken by Ann Phipps (ph04-045).   Ann was … Continue reading

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