Meadville PA: Keystone View Company, Ca. 1905 - 1937. Collection of 34 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. Cards with two real photographs mounted on gray stock, curved mounts, and each with captions and text on verso, the photographs dark and sharp, 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.
Images of note concerning the Russo Japanese War (1904 - 1905) and the Second Sino Japanese War (1937 - 1945) include 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 topics include: the Great Wall, 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, banks, (Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp.), theatre, Macao, Hong Kong. Cards measure 7 x 3 1/2" Very good condition. Item #21116