Old Beijing: Postcards from the Imperial City
This collection of Chinese photography contains over 350 vintage postcards from pre-communist China along with extensive historical background and commentary. Camel trains arriving at a city gate; the distinctive architecture of the Forbidden City, its pagodas, imperial buildings... read full description below.
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||26 August 2016 by Tuttle Publishing
||Hardback, 2nd ed.
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||By Naquin, Susan
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||Postcards - China - Beijing, Postcards - Private collections - United States, Beijing China - Pictorial works, Postcards - China - Beijing, Titus, Felicitas - Art collections
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This collection of Chinese photography contains over 350 vintage postcards from pre-communist China along with extensive historical background and commentary. Camel trains arriving at a city gate; the distinctive architecture of the Forbidden City, its pagodas, imperial buildings and temples; Manchu fashion, the Empress Dowager and the child emperor Puyi; street performers and foreign tourists all come to life again in this extraordinary collection of rare and vintage postcards. Old Beijing: Postcards from the Imperial City offers a unique look at a vanished China and its storied capital once known as Peking. Containing unique black-and-white and hand-tinted cards that span Chinese history from the last years of Imperial China to the Japanese invasion of 1937, it is a treasure trove for historians, collectors, Sinophiles and anyone fascinated by Chinese culture and people from times past.
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||Felicitas Titus's wonderful book not only brings us the sights of a city now greatly changed, it will help future generations understand the pleasure and excitement caused by the sending and receiving of a few words scribbled on a bright small picture from a faraway place. Susan Naquin, author of Peking: Temples and City Life
Felicitas Titus grew up in the foreign concession in Hankow, China, under Chiang Kai-shek, at a time when traditional Chinese culture still flourished. She visited old Beijing, then known as Peking, as a child and later studied there for two and a half years, during World War Two. She experienced the Japanese attack on Shanghai in 1937, left Hankow during the allied bombardments, and worked in postwar China until the Communist victory in 1949. She eventually completed her education in the United States and taught college there. Her nostalgia for China prompted her to begin collecting these vintage postcards. She still considers China her homeland. Foreword writer, Susan Naquin is professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University, is the author of Millenarian Rebellion in China, Shantung Rebellion, and Peking: Temples and City Life, 1400 1900. She is also coauthor with Evelyn Rawski of Chinese Society in the Eighteenth Century and coeditor of Pilgrims and Sacred Sites in China.