China in those days

China in those days

Insights into Historical China through Postcards of the Time


The book illustrates the early Chinese life through an excess of 1600 postcard images whose historical journey spans the late 1890s into the first decades of the 20th century, an era when it was a privilege to send and receive postcards from an exotic country, especially one as far as China. From a period, void of the Internet and digital camera, and when the use a phone was limited to the privileged few, each postcard is worth a thousand words. On a par with the recent Internet revolution, the postcards revolutionized the worlds’ communicating by being the first widely circulated form of pictorial documentation.




Project Partner

BASF, Bayer China, BBRAUN, Behn Meyer Group of Companies, BERENBERG BANK, C. Melchers GmbH & Co, CENTRAL MARKET Kuala Lumpur, CeramTec AG, Ceramtec Innovative Ceramic Engineering Sdn Bhd, Chinesisch-Deutsche Gesellschaft e.V. Hamburg, COLANDIS – The Cleanroom Company, Daimler China, Daimler, DEInternational Co.Ltd Taipei, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Telekom, DIGISOUND Electronic Gmbh, DPO International, Dr. Michael Grebe, DZ Bank AG Singapore Branch, DZ Bank AG Hong Kong Branch, EDUR Pumpenfabrik Eduard Redien GmbH & Co KG, ELEKTRISOLA GROUP, EMUGE-FRANKEN Lauf/Germany, ERNST KOMROWSKI & CO Hamburg, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, Evonik, Festo (China) Ltd, FKW Keller GmbH, FMS Force Measuring Systems AG Oberglatt, German Centre Beijing, German Centre Shanghai, German Chamber of Commerce Beijing, German Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, GERMANISCHER LLOYD (GL), Global Tronics Shanghai Representative Office, Hako Werke GmbH, Hansa Meyer Global Transport, Hauni (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Heidelberg Graphic Equippment (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, HEROSE GMBH AMATUREN UND METALLE, IAV GmbH, Hans Michael Jebsen Hong Kong, JOHS RIECKERMANN, KAWAN LAMA SEJAHTERA, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, KLAKO Group, Laerdal Medical (Suzhou) Co Ltd, Lurgi, LUTHER RECHTSANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT mbh, Lybase Sdn Bhd, Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co, michels toys Handels-Gmbh, Otto Group, OWC Verlag fuer Aussenwirtschaft GmbH, PETER-LACKE GmbH, Polymax Group Co. Ltd, PT. Datascript, Rickmers Group, Robert Bosch Co. Ltd AG, ROX Asia Consultancy Ltd, RSM Robert Teo, Kuan & Co, Schenker, SCHOTTEL (Suzhou) Propulsion Co. Ltd, Sit Hin Kin, Petro-Mekong Corp, Sdn Bhd, SULO, TCA – THE CABLE ASSEMBLER LTD, Thuemmel Schuetze & Partners LLP, Thyssen Krupp AG Malaysia, ThyssenKrupp AG Singapore, ThyssenKrupp China, TRUMPF Asia Pacific, Van Oord (Shanghai) Dredging Co Ltd, Voith Turbu Ltd, Volkswagen Group China, Werner Koch, Dr. Ing Youwang Song, Dai Guanglin, DAKS Shanghai, White & Case LLP, WIKA Instrumentation (Suzhou) Co. Ltd, WITTE PUMPS AND TECHNOLOGY, Wuensche Group, ZF Trading, SGL Group – The Carbon Company

became partner of the “China in Those Days” project.
Images by

Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, Germany, British Library, Oriental and India Office Collection, Philatelic- and Printed Books section, London. Eutiner Landesbibliothek, Germany, Galerie an der Schnirn, Frankfurt, Germany, Gallery of Prints, Rudolf Lietz, Philippine, KITLV Bibliothek, Leiden University, The Netherlands, Lim Kheng Chye’s Collection at the National Archives, Singapore, National History Museum Singapore, National Library Indonesia, National Archives of Singapore, Tropenmuseum Amsterdam, The Netherlands, St. Louis art Museum, Missouri, USA, Royal Commenwealth Society, Cambridge University Library, Royal Treasures Fine Antiques Grand Hyatt Galleria, Jakarta, Indonesia, Dhama Mulia Fine Antiques, Jakarta, Indonesia, University of Witwaterstrand Library, South Africa, Wattis Fine Art, Hongkong, Collection of D. Parry, Collection of Geoff Edwards, Historical Archives of FIAT, Historical Archives of Siemens AG generously allowed the reproduction of their materials.