Posts tagged with "architecture"



22. September 2021
While old Tianjin (then called Tientsin), was second only to Shanghai as foreign treaty port in terms of size and foreign population, the Chung Yuen was absolutely on par with its contemporaries in Shanghai such as the Sincere, Wing On and Sun Sun. The English language press also referred to it as Tientsin Bazaar and the Tientsin Exhibition of Industrial Encouragement while in Chinese it was simply referred to as Quanyechang. Located on the borders of the French and Japanese concessions, it was...
19. September 2021
Manufactured by US company Otis and installed in 1924 at the Tientsin Astor House Hotel, when an additional building was joined to the original structure built in 1863. Otis was distributed in China by their agent American Trading Company until in 1930 the company established it's own office, located in the Shanghai Sassoon House.
05. September 2021
Brunner, Mond & Co /卜內門洋行 was one of the large British trading houses ("Hongs"), having setup their operations in Shanghai as early as 1890. In 1922 the company erected its own building on 133 Szechuen Rd., designed by Stewardson & Spence. In December 1926 Imperial Chemical Industries (I.C.I.) was founded from the merger of four companies: Brunner Mond, Nobel Explosives, the United Alkali Company, and British Dyestuffs Corporation. For much of its history it was the largest...
05. July 2021
The International Dispensary was one of the most important drug and medical supply organizations in China. It was established 1907 in Shanghai by among others Mr. How Zai-Fong, who was also the founder of the Commercial Press.
25. June 2021
Some time after 1913 independent competitors Crosfields, Brunner Mond & Price's Candle Company founded The China Soap & Candle Company, Shanghai; it was cheaper to manufacture in Shanghai than ship from Liverpool. In 1919 Lever purchased Gossages & Crosfields from Brunner Mond and resolved the competitive altercation. A new Lever company was formed in Shanghai as “The China Soap Company” and it’s factory was built in 1923 in Yangpoo District’s No. 2310 Yangtzepoo Road. The...
22. June 2021
More background on the China Soap Company here.
17. June 2021
The "Fiaker Viennese Restaurant" was opened in 1938 by Austrian Jewish refugees Hans Jabloner and Fritz Strehlen at the prestigious address No 997 Avenue Joffre in the Shanghai French Concession. It offered “Special Viennese & Hungarian Cuisine” – most importantly “under foreign Chef”, while on the piano “Pepi” entertained the customers. The “Fiaker,” according to their self-promotion, featured “the best Sacher torte outside of Vienna,” as well as a cocktail bar, which...
11. June 2021
Pathé Records was the first major record company in China. The company was a subsidiary of the Pathé Records based in France, then Columbia Records and later of EMI Group, which was broken up in 2012. Around the beginning of the 20th century, a young Frenchman named Labansat set up an outdoor stall on Tibet Road in Shanghai and played gramophone records to Chinese citizens who were curious. He charged 10 cents to listen to a novelty record called "Laughing Foreigners". Anyone capable of...
04. June 2021
Bank of Communications on the Bund No. 14. The modern Art-Deco style building, combined with Chinese elements, was designed by Austro-Hungarian architect C. H. Gonda. Construction was interrupted in 1937 because of the Second Sino-Japanese War and it was only completed by 1948 making if the last classic building to be erected on the Shanghai Bund. The Bank of Communications was founded in 1908 and emerged as one of the first few major national and note-issuing banks in the early days of the...
21. May 2021
The Yuanli Pawnshop is a three-story, masonry-timber building constructed in 1932. It is surrounded by 15 meter high and 50 centimeter thick walls with a steel vault in the center of the structure. It's owner Lu Tuanxiao had previously operated several pawnshop in Wuxi, Jiangsu province before expanding to the Shanghai International Settlement. By the 1940s Yuanli had become the largest pawnshop in Shanghai. Today it is a museum and can be visited free of charge on 203 Wuding Lu or in VR on...

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