Posts tagged with "building"



14. February 2022
Much has been written about old Shanghai’s famous temples of consumption such as the Sincere Co. opened in 1917 and the Wing-on established one year later in 1918. Little though is known about Tianjins (then called Tientsin) commercial retail history, even though it then was the second largest treaty port of China in terms of international population with up to 9 foreign concessions.
06. December 2021
Shanghai EWO beer branded hand fan from the MOFBA collection
For almost 30 years the local Shanghai beer market was dominated by the omnipresent U.B. (友啤) beer brand. Its original creator was the Shanghai Union-Brauerei AG, incorporated 1912 by the German company Schwarzkopf & Co from Tsingtau (now Qingdao). After the Great War in 1918 a previously minor Norwegian shareholder, Mr. Frithjof Hoehnke, took over the business and renamed it to Aktieselskabet Union Bryggeri or Scandinavian Brewery Co. Ltd in English. In 1931 the company was once more...
12. October 2021
Historic postcard photo by https://www.hpcbristol.net/visual/gr02-039
22. September 2021
While old Tianjin (then called Tientsin), was second only to Shanghai as Western treaty port in terms of size and foreign population with its up to 9 concessions, the Quanyechang was absolutely on par with its contemporaries in Shanghai such as the Sincere, Wing On and Sun Sun. The English language press referred to it as Tientsin Bazaar or the Tientsin Exhibition of Industrial Encouragement. Located on the busiest commercial intersection of Tientsin on Rue du Maréchal Foch and Rue de Chaylard...
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 (五洲大药房) was one of the most important drug and medical supply organizations in China. It was established 1907 in Shanghai as joint-venture by among others Mr. How Zai-Fong, who was also the founder of the Commercial Press and magnate Hwang Chu-Chiu (黄楚九 / Huang Chujiu), owner of the Great Eastern Dispensary (中法大药房).
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...

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