No details of publisher. (circa1920). Stock ID #160904
Early 20th century photo album showing China from a European point of view. 771 black and white photographs in various shapes and sizes laid down of both sides of 43 black paper leaves. Presented in a brown cloth covered photograph album with cord ties, edges on covers worn and torn with a little loss at corners, photos in good condition with occasional fading or silvering at corners, a few photos have dates or signature but most are not captioned. The largest photo measures 23.9 x 28.9cm, smallest photo measures 0.8 x 4cm, many photos measure at 6.6 x 4.4cm. This large photo album not only shows the daily lives of an European family who lived in China at that time but also reflects many other aspects of foreign involvement especially in the foreign quarters in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and more. The curiosity of the resident foreigner is evident in the images of traditional Chinese buildings and the everyday life of the Chinese.
Architecture examples captured in the album: Songhe Tea House [松鹤茶楼],Good Harvests [祈年殿] (in Temple of Heaven, Beijing), No.20 Meadows Road [咪哆士道二十号] (a road built in British Concession in Tianjin), World War I Memorial(built in 1924 in Shanghai by J.E. March and destroyed by Japanese troops in 1941), section of the Great Wall, Tiananmen Gate, Summer Palace, Kowloon Ferry station in Hong Kong, some Buddhist pagodas and bridges.
About half of the album is made up of photos of the family whose album it was and portraits of their friends. The album shows photos of them travelling, swimming or relaxing by the beach, sightseeing on boats, etc.
Particularly interest is the single portrait of the last Qing Emperor Puyi and his Empress Wanrong.
There are some photos of foreign troops in China both training and on parade. Chinese soldiers and troops are also well represented. There are photos of Chinese military officials; large groups of soldiers gathered on a field; Chinese policemen on duty in the Concession. There is also a particularly unpleasant photograph showing a scene of Chinese soldiers standing around the decapitated bodies of four Chinese prisoners, their hands still tied behind their backs.
The dates written on some photos are 28/11/15, 21/08/21 and 1925 which gives a good indication of the date of this album. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 160904).