1927-1938. Ephemera. An assortment of official and unofficial American Embassy communiqués, memoranda and paperwork, mostly from 1937, dealing with Japanese invasion and occupation of China.
The collection is composed of 14 items, including 3 roneoed single page, folio, maps- The River Yangste, from Shanghai, the Blue Sea to Suifu (the limit of steam navigation)
with towns, distances and heights; Tsingtao, (drafted by Air Defense intelligence Section) with "Jap officers barracks"; Distances in East China from Chingtao, drafted by Air Defense Command Two.
March 1933 Memorandum on the retention of a British garrison in Shanghai. (7pp folio,one side printing); analysis from an American point of view.
Sept. 7, 1937 Memo from the American Embassy, Peiping, September 7, 1937 "To American Citizens Resident in Peiping" discussing how 'Americans in China must expect that their normal activities may be seriously disturbed and that dangers may arise' and that 'the Government will render any practicable assistance to facilitate their withdrawal from China.' (3pp);
Sept. 7, 1937 Official directive from "CINCAF" addressed to 'All Asiatic' including AMCON (the American Consulate Shanghai), Ambassador China and USS ships, that 'it has been decided to evacuate from China all naval dependents as early as possible.' (1pp) tape on three edges;
Sept. 21, 1937 memo from Commanding Officer (W.S. Veeder) to William James Christian of the US Navy to go to Shanghai on official business to 'transfer Motion Picture Programs to the Navy Purchasing & Disbursing Office.' Tipped on stiff sheet, attached to the verso is a comic of Uncle Sam paddling a gunboat/canoe named "Affairs" with the caption "I don't need any help, and I'm not helping any alien fleet." (2pp single sheets);
July 1938 "The Cholera Scare" single page with 12 points with 'Sup-Sgt Gifford, Lucian C.' typed at the bottom. (1pp) tape on top and bottom.
Undated carbon copy of a letter "A Business Man's View on the Sino-Japanese Situation" after the occupation of Chapei (3pp); very much from a Japanese prospective.
Regulations and curfew for 'Foreigners who want to employ Foreign and/or Chinese house boys and amahs are requested to submit through the Japanese Police Force of the S.M.C. to the Japanese Consulate General...'; "Foreign ladies can apply for Japanese male masseurs. Bath houses are situated at.... ". Undated, single folio sheet, tape on left side, chipped top and bottom with some text loss;
Notes on Peking for a travel itinerary that includes where the group is going on each of the four days. Discusses Peking sightseeing and shopping including notes on where to buy what, and what expenses to expect when traveling by train, (special concession for officers and their families...), accommodation ( there are two first class hotels..... Undated, (3pp folio)
1926 b&w photograph entitled in pen, "Horse Marines Legation Duty, China 1926." Possible signature: "H. Stillers". (8 x 10"); clearly American troops.
1937 - Five b&w propaganda photographs of the Japanese invasion of China with very pro-Japanese typed descriptions attached to the verso ("the mighty Japanese military machine....") (5 x 7"); these 5 are possibly later reissues;
1926 b&w photograph entitled in pen, "Horse Marines Legation Duty, China 1926." Possible signature: "H. Stillers" (?) (8 x 10"); clearly American troops.
There are also two pieces of British ephemera, incl. John Gill's Passing Certificate General, dated July 1926 as Leading Seaman on the ship H.M.S. Vivid. His service number was J20949 (ancestry dot com). Along with one other British seaman.
All pieces typewritten, some with pins attaching multiple sheets. A very interesting archive. Good + overall. Item #27968