Lafayette College of Pennsylvania has put online its collection of Gerald Warner’s
photos and postcards of Taiwan in the late 1930s. Warner was the U.S. consul in Taipei from 1937 through 1941.
Totaling 340 photographs and postcards gathered by Warner between August 26, 1937 and March 8, 1941, these images provide a snapshot of Taiwan’s hybrid culture of Chinese, Taiwanese, Austronesian, and Japanese influences. The subjects represented are wide-ranging, including clothing, arboriculture, urban structures, agriculture, religious rituals, topography, highways, parks, and more. These digitized images have been researched and annotated to serve as a web-based encyclopedia of colonial Taiwan’s material culture.
The scans are high resolution, so most images can be enlarged.
found via Kerim Friedman’s
January 2, 2008, 8:44am
Thanks for posting that, cranky laowai.
A very interesting link.
There are tons and tons of photos there that I haven’t seen before. Fantastic!
January 2, 2008, 9:09am
Indeed, great find. I’ll have to take another look later. Piles of great old shots there.
Thank you very much for posting this.
Wonderful stuff. What a quaint little city Taipei once was.
Wow! Who woulda thunk it: Taipei was a beautiful city once…!
Interesting stuff! Thanks.
be interesting to see if anything can still be seen, thought i recognized this as a scene across from 228 park, then saw another postcard does mention “sakaemachi street” is hengyang road. will have to go over and take another look.
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