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Historical Photographs of China

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This site provides free access to searchable, web-based collections of images of modern China resulting from collaboration between the University of Bristol, University of Lincoln, and the Institut d'Asie Orientale.

The photographs were taken by talented amateur photographers, foreign snap-shotters, professional studio photographers, and others, including a Chinese diplomat, foreign businessmen, staff of Chinese treaty port administrations, missionaries, and Chinese Maritime Customs Service officials. They shed light on the political, working and social life of China at the turn of the century.

Children's Picnic, Kunming, 1942

© 2007 C. H. Foo and Y. W. Foo

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