Ca. 1890. Card printed in English and Chinese, with the name of the establishment in an elaborate type font. The company had locations in Chinkiang, Nanking, Wuhu and Kiukiang. It records "Bum Boat, General Store Keepers, Butcher & Bakers, Commission Agents & c, and Coal Merchants".
This card hails from the period following the Treaty of Tianjin, which ended the Second Opium War, opened more Chinese ports to foreign trade and allowed foreign legations in the Chinese capital. ("Bum boats" were small water taxis and boats used for short trips).
Chinese text in 2 vertical columns to left and right of English text. Removed from an album, with black paper adhering to verso. 4 1/4 x 2 3/4" Very good overall. Item #23402