Meadville PA: Keystone View Company, Ca. 1905 - 1937. Magnificent silver tone stereoview images of China, from the Great Wall to the Yangtse, including images of daily life, schoolchildren, farmers, orphanages, mission schools. Stamped in black at right margin Keystone View Company, and at right, Meadville, Pa., New York, NY., Chicago, Ill., London, England; and 3 Underwood cards.
Each card with two real photographs mounted on gray stock, curved mounts, and each with captions and text on verso, the images are dark and sharp, and the cards in very good condition. The Keystone View Company, which became the major worldwide publisher of stereographs after 1920, was founded in 1892, and created an "Education Department" which produced instructive cards with images and text pertaining to industry, commerce, politics and cultures around the world.
Besides the daily Chinese life image, there are images of note concerning the Russo Japanese War (1904 - 1905) and the Second Sino Japanese War (1937 - 1945) including one showing Chinese sawing great logs with long saws, captioned "Chinamen Sawing Timbers for the Japanese Army, Manchuria" and "Ruins of Chapel, Gutted by Fire from Bombs Dropped by Japanese Airplanes, Shanghai" (this was the Battle of Shanghai, August - November 1937).
Other titles include: 1 photographed by James Ricalton of a notorious pirate in a wooden cage, the Great Wall, 2 missionary cards, street scenes, Canton, Yangtse River (including River Gorge) village life, schools (Jesuit Orphanage School, Shanghai & American Board of Missions school), tea merchants, farmers, Kowloon Bay, boats including junks, American Mission milk station, temple of Heaven Peiping, the Bund in Shanghai, Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp., theatre, Macao, Hong Kong. Our favorite is a study of Chinese face, card number 519.
Cards measure 7 x 3 1/2" Very good condition. Item #21116
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