We are nothing if not suckers for some good old-timey photographs, if you want to give them some color, we’re fine with that too.
Earlier this month, People’s Daily posted a series of colorized photos of Sichuan taken in 1917 by American amateur photographer Sidney D. Gamble, who made four extended trips to China — in 1908, 1917-1919, 1924-27 and 1931-1932 — to do social work in rural China for the YMCA. During these four visits, he took over 5,000 black and white pictures.
While Gamble is best known for his images of Peking (including during the May Fourth Movement), he traveled extensively in China. In 1917, he visited the county of Santai in northern Sichuan. Here’s how it looked then:
Gamble’s photos are archived online in the Duke University Libraries Digital Collection. There are even some amazing color slides he used while giving lectures about China to American students.
Previously on Shanghaiist:
Black and white footage brings the streets of Beijing in the 1920s back to life
Fascinating black and white images give a glimpse of China in the 1930s
Early 20th century China lives on in these NY Public Library colorized postcards
Incredible images of life in Republican-Era Shanghai taken by a French journalist
[Images via People’s Daily]