Tag Archives: Yantai

Ian Gill on photographs and family history

While reading journalist Ian Gill’s articles in the South China Morning Post on his search into the history of his China coast family, we were struck by the place of photographs in that story and invited him to tell us … Continue reading

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No Great Wall

The latest book to use one of our photographs on its cover has just arrived in the post. Felix Boecking teaches modern Chinese economic and political history at the University of Edinburgh, and his volume, which grew out of the … Continue reading

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Spotted: James Hudson Taylor

A correspondent recently wrote to us, correcting a date and identifying in a photograph  two of the China missionary enterprise’s most notable figures. This photograph, above, showing staff and pupils of the Chefoo Girls School includes, we now know, James Hudson … Continue reading

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Winter in black and white

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Egg and spoon race, Chefoo, Easter 1902

If some things Chinese were puzzling to foreigners, some things European may have seemed most odd to the Chinese.  How to explain the why and wherefore of an egg and spoon race? In the Commissioner of Customs’s garden at ‘Hillfields’, … Continue reading

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Photographs of photographers: Maude Carrall

The ‘Blossoms’ looks like an orchard of either apple or cherry trees, which was probably in, or close to, Chefoo (Yantai).  It must have been a favourite springtime picnic spot for the Carrall family, as their photograph albums hold several … Continue reading

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