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23. February 2024
Mei Lanfang was known as the "Queen of Peking Opera" and in the 1930s became China’s first global superstar. The acclaimed male performer, famous for female lead roles, toured the world & even had his own cigarette brand as we can learn from this artefact in our collection.
10. February 2024
Happy Chinese New Year 2024 from the MOFBA & Pirate Cigarettes!
13. December 2023
Vintage metal advertising calendar from India for EWO Beer, brewed in Shanghai China. From the MOFBA collection.
This EWO promotional calendar from our collection tells the story of a beer once brewed in China & exported around the world incl to India. Yet it also contains a touch of false advertising which tragically leads us to one of the most sardonic murder cases of Old Shanghai.
08. December 2023
1920s trade card for LUX soap with a motif from the classic Chinese novel "Dream of the Red Chamber". From the MOFBA collection.
LUX soap was the first brand in the world to use celebrities as endorsers. This 1920s Chinese trade card from our collection though shows, that before capitalizing on the grandeur and allure of Hollywood it relied of more classical motifs, but which were no less juicy... LUX soap was created by the firm Lever Brothers, now known as Unilever, in 1899. Marketed as a laundry product for over 20 years, only in the 1920s, the company conducted a contest that led them to a very interesting...
01. December 2023
Original vintage Bayer Chinese advertising poster for Aspirin and Tonicum from 1938 featuring Liang Saishan. From the MOFBA collection.
This advertising poster from our collection tells of an incredible streak of bad luck for the German pharma giant Bayer during a both glamorous and troublesome period of history in the Middle Kingdom.
24. November 2023
Ca. 1910 luggage label from the Astor House Hotel in Shanghai, China. From the MOFBA collection. Luggage labels were an ideal form of advertising and were stuck on to the hard surfaces of trunks and suitcases by the porters.
The Astor House Hotel was once the oldest and most reputable establishment in Shanghai, but in 1910 an unthinkable crime occurred at one of the most famous hotels of the world, that almost tarnished its reputation forever. Items acquired by us in the USA help solve the century-old mystery...
08. November 2023
Rare Lever Brothers Chinese advertising poster for Sunlight Soap with matching original bar of soap. Painted by Hang Zhiying (杭樨英). From the MOFBA collection.
If you look closely you will discover, that not only do we have this very rare 1930s Chinese Lever Brothers advertisement in our collection, but also an original matching soap bar, just as depicted on the poster. The company was once the largest soap producer in China and its traces remain visible in the country to this day. We have retold its 150-year long history, internationally and in the Middle Kingdom specifically across multiple posts in the past: Lever's Health Soap still sold here The...
19. October 2023
Ca. 1930s advertisement poster for Sun-Maid Raisins in China. From the MOFBA collection.
For more on the history of Sun-Maid Raisins in China please visit our previous blog post here.
13. October 2023
1946 Shanghai magazine ad for Eng Aun Tong Tiger Balm. From the MOFBA collection.
This 1946 Shanghai magazine ad for Eng Aun Tong features a puzzling key visual - we certainly don't recommend using Tiger Balm as a sunscreen... The well-known heat rub was created in the 1870s by a Chinese herbalist in Burma. His sons took over the company in 1908 and developed it into a highly successful business empire which exported to China, Japan, and across Southeast Asia. In 1920 the headquarter was moved to Singapore where it continues to be manufactured to this day.
18. September 2023
1929 Chinese calendar poster advertisement for Pond's Vanishing Cream, illustrated by Zhāng Díhán (张荻寒). From the MOFBA collection.
This 1929 Pond’s advertisement calendar is not only one of the most stunning pieces in our collection, but also an important artefact of China’s modern social history. The beauty brand and its ad agency, Carl Crow Inc., were instrumental in creating the archetypal “Modern Girl” whose image prevails in Chinese popular and commercial culture to this day. Here is the back story of what made it so iconic.

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