The Hostilities in Shanghai in 1932

The souvenir photographs

A number of images are souvenir photographs stamped with an identifying number on the back and probably ordered by number from a window display or catalogue. These include the ones that are probably taken in Kiangwan (img115-119). Two images have Chinese characters on the front and two have the impression of “Weipong, Shanghai”.

Weipong, Shanghai was probably a photographer active in the 1920 and 30s. See other examples at:

These photographs are possible Nationalist Government propaganda aimed at increasing confidence in the Chinese army as one that was modern and well equipped with the latest foreign weapons.

There is a Chinese officer on horseback (img168), Chinese infantry emplacements (img174, 178-179, 181-182, 186 & 199), anti-aircraft gun emplacements (img173 & 187) and machine gun emplacements (img183-184), Japanese tanks (img180) and various military engagements (img211 & 243-246).

img Number stamped on backimgNumber stamped on back
img173Chinese characters front lower leftimg1741002
img1781020img179No number
img1801060img181No number
img1821073img183Chinese seal front lower right
img186No numberimg1871006
img1901039img191No number
img1921074img193No number
img1981139img199No number
Ing202No numberimg207No number
img2111025img240Impression of “Weipong Shanghai” front lower left
img243Impression of “Weipong Shanghai” front lower leftimg244952