Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

Rare Photos Of 1920s Shanghai Show How Much China Has Changed.

As the largest city in China and home to the world’s busiest container port, among so many other fascinating features, Shanghai is a popular tourist destination. It is easy enough for us to transport there at least vicariously through social media users, those on Instagram in particular, and get a feel of the city’s live music, tailored goods, and jiaozi galore.

But what of old Shanghai? Thanks to photojournalist Louis-Philippe Messelier, we can peer into the city as it was in the 1920s. It was a city that had been divvied up since the 1840s by the Western nations of Britain, America, and France, where Messelier was from. At 18, he had traveled to Shanghai to work in the wool industry but also found work with the French Journal there. His candid photos of daily life in different parts of the city will make you want to see more of the world with your own eyes.

Scroll below to view Messelier’s rare collection of photographs.

An elderly man enjoys noodles at his shop.

An elderly man enjoys noodles at his shop.

Louis-Philippe Messelier

An opera actor in a stunning, elaborate costume.

An opera actor in a stunning, elaborate costume.

Louis-Philippe Messelier

Spectators gather to watch a few performers.

Spectators gather to watch a few performers.

Louis-Philippe Messelier

A snake charmer invites people to stop and watch.

A snake charmer invites people to stop and watch.

Louis-Philippe Messelier

Outside of the city, a farmer leads his flock.

Outside of the city, a farmer leads his flock.

Louis-Philippe Messelier

Japanese travelers arrive in Shanghai.

Japanese travelers arrive in Shanghai.

Louis-Philippe Messelier

A religious dignitary is taken around the city.

A religious dignitary is taken around the city.

Louis-Philippe Messelier

Palace rooftops in summer.

Palace rooftops in summer.

Louis-Philippe Messelier

Fuzhou Street

Fuzhou Street

Louis-Philippe Messelier

Friends come together to play mahjong.

Friends come together to play mahjong.

Louis-Philippe Messelier

All dressed up at the racecourse.

All dressed up at the racecourse.

Louis-Philippe Messelier

Huangpu River junks.

Huangpu River junks.

Louis-Philippe Messelier

A delightfully busy port.

A delightfully busy port.

Louis-Philippe Messelier

Sources: Photography of China, RocketNews24

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