Editorial Director

Régine Thiriez
[IAO: Institut d'Asie Orientale]

© IAO - 2004


Historical Chinese Postcard Project: 1896 - 1920

  The database focuses on early postcards of China.

This project studies the first wave of postcards with a Chinese subject. We show them, discuss what they are, who produced them and where, how they were used, their significance--in short, their historical context. Hopefully, this site will prove that postcards are indeed a tremendous visual resource on the late imperial and early republican periods in China.

It was created under the patronage of the Institut d'Asie Orientale (IAO) in Lyon, France.

The database primarily aims at being a reference and research instrument for scholars and students of the period. This is a virtual library for a type of material not previously studied at scientific level. (Especially when from early 20th century China, postcards are rarely found in public collections.) As a work in permanent progress, the database will be updated and enriched as research progresses.


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Number of Images : 464
Last Update : 2017-01-31 at 17:28:34