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Tsingtau 1898-1903, 1898-1903

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Tsingtau

Scope and Content of Collection

This album of 90 collodion prints compiled bwtween 1898 and 1903 records the development of the German colony in the port city of Qingdao (Tsingtao) on the northeast coast of China. It begins with five panoramic views of the city, with colonial landmarks identified on the mounts. The many views of streets and individual buildings that follow portray a Western-style city under construction. All aspects of the German colony are represented: civil and government buildings, businesses and banks, hotels, schools, and German-founded industries and railroads. There are views of the port, marineworks, and military installations. A sense of newness is conveyed throughout these images which show clean, but unpaved streets and newly erected buildings yet to be landscaped. Several views of buildings under construction include neat piles of bricks and other building materials. There are two images of Chinese construction workers.

In addition to city views, several photographs commemorate individuals important in the history of the German colony. These include a view of the Diedrichstein monument erected in honor of Admiral von Diedrichs, who secured Jiaozhou Bay (Kiaochou Bay) and Qingdao for the Germans in 1897, and one of the monument to Paul Jaeschke, the governor-general of Qingdao from 1899-1901. There is one photograph of Graf Waldersee, who was sent to China in 1901 to coordinate the foreign resistance to the Boxer Rebellion, with a group of officials. Also included are one studio portrait of Chinese street vendors and a few views of Chinese buildings. The album is accompanied by one modern copy photograph of a Chinese man and his two wives (image attributed to Behme), and a notecard and envelope on Kaiserliches Gouvernement, Tsingtau letterhead, addressed to Countess Lonsdale from Mrs. Truppel and dated 1903 April 25.

Title from title page. Some photographs maybe earlier than the date given on the title page. German captions are written on the mounts; 31 photographs have German captions in the negative. Titles of the individual photographs are derived from the captions as noted.

Arrangement

In original order.




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