Shanghai: Tuck Tai, 1897. Hardcover. A photograph album of celebrations of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in Shanghai in 1897. Fourteen b&w albumen street scenes The streets are decorated with lanterns and flags, with ornate scaffolding with lanterns and greenery in front of buildings. Most images show crowds of Chinese lining the street and curiously regarding the camera. A minority show Anglos, a couple with children. In one image, six Anglo girls are under a large street banner in Chinese; in another, six Anglo men stand in front of a building on a street corner. The British Consulate is photographed with 9 Anglo children seated and one man standing on the lawn. Other images include the Imperial Maritime Customs (tall square clock tower); Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, cupola on central tower, string of lights and flags across street)'; Arch to the English Settlement from the French Bund; View of the Bund-Canton Road Northward (banner "All Nations Salute You); The British Consulate, with 9 children seated and one man standing on the lawn; Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (semicircular portico entrance, flags and lanterns in street)
Kung Tai was a well thought of photographer of Shanghai from the 1870s to 1890s. He published panoramic views of Shanghai in successive years, in a concertina format. His bindings are identical to the binding of this album, suggesting the Tuck Tai was perhaps a family member. (Bennett, Terry. History of Photography in China - Chinese Photographers - 1844-1879, Quaritch 2013 (see pp137-146).
14 albumen photographs, complete, detached from their concertina format. The images are 8 x 10", mounted on card, and affixed on both sides. Photographs a bit sunned. Quarter black board and black moire patterned cloth, black leather label with "Shanghai Jubilee 1897 Taken by Tuck Tai Photographers" in gilt. Corners a bit rounded, label with a small loss in margin. Housed in an acid-free box. Very good overall. Item #27201