Old Pictures of Taipei

#1

I found the TAS nostalgia site quite interesting (url below).

Does anyone know of any sites providing old pictures of Taipei ?

http://www.boot.com/tas/index.html

#2

Here are a few I found via Google:

http://taiwanresources.com/info/history/photo.htm

http://academic.reed.edu/formosa/

http://www.sinica.edu.tw/photo/index.html (Chinese)

http://www.usfca.edu/ricci/foley/

#3

This is from Yuan-Liou, a Taiwan publisher.
http://www.ylib.com/taiwan/hismainall.asp

This one too. They send me old photos every month. Yuan-Liou has has three books of old photos on Taiwan.

Warren

#4

Funny I had a look on google and got none of these.

Excellent name, Warren. Much better than Sandy, or Hospital.

Warren

#5

Thanks, but I still don’t know why my parents named me Warren. I only know I am related to a Mary Wright who came from a Chapel Hill in Scotland.
Me Mother’s side was German from the Black Forest. Bohemians, me thinks.

#6

BTW. I’m a school librarian.(think staunch supporter of freedoms/defended of civil rights) It’s my job to find these things.

#7

here’s an old video of Taipei from the 1950s.

It includes scenes from Lesheng sanitorium

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#8

Here are some great ones

http://www.wretch.cc/blog/chaotang/16654836

#9

[quote=“hannes”]Here are some great ones

http://www.wretch.cc/blog/chaotang/16654836[/quote]

great pictures from Taichung and central Taiwan.

it’s amazing how many people were in Fengyuan back then. Today the streets are usually empty…

#10

c-130hercules.net/gallery/sh … serid=4532

Great album of old pictures of Taichung. Yeah, not Taipei, but I think it fits well here. Judging by the movie (007 Thunderball, one of them Sean Connery ones), the pictures were taken around 1965~1966.

#11

h/t Poagao: wretch.cc/blog/b565656/6329576

#12

Tom Johns old pictures of Taiwan, this time with analysis of where the shots were taken (but in Chinese)
tw.myblog.yahoo.com/fongchulin/article?mid=988

#13

[quote=“hansioux”]Tony Johns old pictures of Taiwan, this time with analysis of where the shots were taken (but in Chinese)
tw.myblog.yahoo.com/fongchulin/article?mid=988[/quote]

Some great shots in there.

#14

Awesome. These are the greatest old photos of Taiwan I’ve seen. Sadly, Tom Jones made his personal flickr private after the comments on literally nearly every photo devolved into mudslinging (in Chinese) and ideological warfare of “Japan was better” “no the KMT was better.” This is only a portion of them.

I did a little project trying to trace some of these photos and take their modern equivalent, but was only able to take one good comparison shot and one pretty bad one. I was working entirely on my own, though, so with these comments I may be able to do a few more.

blog.rti.org.tw/english/2013/02/ … -the-past/

#15

[quote=“Hokwongwei”]Awesome. These are the greatest old photos of Taiwan I’ve seen. Sadly, Tom Jones made his personal flickr private after the comments on literally nearly every photo devolved into mudslinging (in Chinese) and ideological warfare of “Japan was better” “no the KMT was better.” This is only a portion of them.

I did a little project trying to trace some of these photos and take their modern equivalent, but was only able to take one good comparison shot and one pretty bad one. I was working entirely on my own, though, so with these comments I may be able to do a few more.

blog.rti.org.tw/english/2013/02/ … -the-past/[/quote]

That is just awesome work! hopefully you will make more of these before and after photos and share with us

#16

等我有空

I’ve been pretty busy and no longer have a scooter, which means any photo missions would take me a lot longer to accomplish on foot/pedal/bus.

But yeah, I’ve been planning to do more for a long time. If you see any locations in there you can identify with certainty, it would be a help.

#17

from what I can tell, this aerial shot

is equivalent of this position on google maps:
maps.google.com/maps?saddr=%E4% … sz=16&z=15

I don’t have access to google earth, but I think we can find a good fit from it.

The same goes for this aerial shot

maps.google.com/maps?saddr=%E6% … sz=15&z=15

Beautiful Taipei Bridge… well, used to be…

maps.google.com/maps?q=25%C2%B0 … g=ptk&z=16

According to the blog, this is in front of “Headquarters Support Activity, Taipei”. If that’s true, then it’s 憲兵司令部 today.

maps.google.com/maps?q=%E5%8F%B … AE%B5&z=17

If it is actually another location called Club 63 (六三俱樂部 ), then it became 聯勤軍官俱樂部 and now it’s a giant grassy park across the street from Taipei Fine Arts museum (the two places are close by).

taipeisignalarmy.blogspot.tw/201 … aiwan.html

maps.google.com/maps?q=%E4%B8%A … A1%97&z=18

Based on memory, i remember seeing old pictures featuring the domed building in this picture.

After looking at this blog, I am pretty sure this is where it is:
linchunsheng.blogspot.tw/2012/02/blog-post.html
linchunsheng.blogspot.tw/2012/02 … st_17.html

It’s just taken from the opposite direction. Thanks to that blog, now we have pictures of that place from the Japanese era to the 1950s and probably 1960-1970s (judging from the VW vans)

The domed building is like 赤司礦業株式會社.

While I am not exactly certain where it is today, I am guessing that the photo is taken from across the street from the old Taiwan Train station.

maps.google.com/maps?saddr=%E9% … via=1&z=18

The rest is for another day…

by the way, all this reminded me of doing this picture for the Japanese architecture thread forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi … 8&t=123062:

#18

[quote=“hansioux”]
The same goes for this aerial shot

maps.google.com/maps?saddr=%E6% … sz=15&z=15[/quote]

I think it’s this area: goo.gl/maps/FV8jF

I’m pretty sure there was a bend there before they straightened it some years ago. Can’t find an old map right now.

[quote]
The domed building is like 赤司礦業株式會社.

While I am not exactly certain where it is today, I am guessing that the photo is taken from across the street from the old Taiwan Train station.

maps.google.com/maps?saddr=%E9% … via=1&z=18[/quote]

I think it might be the area where the new train station is and to the west of it. Or was there a station between the time of the oldest one on the corner of Yenping, and where it is now?

#19

[quote=“Tempo Gain”][quote=“hansioux”]
The same goes for this aerial shot

maps.google.com/maps?saddr=%E6% … sz=15&z=15[/quote]

I think it’s this area: goo.gl/maps/FV8jF

I’m pretty sure there was a bend there before they straightened it some years ago. Can’t find an old map right now.
[/quote]

blog.yam.com/adingphoto/article/51336971
here’s a site of the old river map (really old, before the airport was even built by the Japanese).

I was guessing the location of this pic basing on the orientation of the airport. Obviously they’ve extended the runway probably after the 80s, but the original outline and layout of the airport seems to be intact, so I figured it might be from that direction.

and as for the domed building, all I can say is Taipei city center used to be a lot prettier…

#20

Between those very early images, where everything is green and rural, and those images of today, where everything is modern and clean, there must have been a time where Taipei was one large construction side, a dirty, grim kind of place.