The Shanghai Municipal Archives is currently exhibiting rare photos of our favorite city in its younger years. The exhibition comprises a portion of the 3,000 images taken or gathered by Francesco Maria de Taliani, the Italian ambassador in China from 1937 to 1946.
The pictures represent scenes of the Bund, Huangpu river (see above), and Fuzhou Road in the 1920s looking uncharacteristically…peaceful. Some photos also depict Shanghai during the Japanese invasion of 1937-45 (see below).
Impressed by the collection, the current Consul General of Italy in Shanghai commemorated his predecessor, hailing him as “a personal example of resistance against fascism, and the democratic rebirth of Italy after World War II,” according to Ecns.cn.
If you like the preview, go check out the entire exhibition. Meanwhile, take a look at some more pictures of old Shanghai (not related to this collection) here.
By Aliaume Leroy
[Images via Ecns.cn]