China in color pictures from 1920-30s

29 Sep

These glass slides were taken by the Russian-born photographer Serge Vargassoff (1906-1965) who established himself as a professional photographer, at the age of 20, in Peking (Beijing), China and became a long-term resident of the city. Later he established a studio ‘Serge Vargassoff Photography’ at 3A Wyndham Street Hong Kong, as well as working at “Gainsborough Studio, Morning Post Building, Hong Kong”. Vargassoff was well known to Hedda Hammer Morrision. Hedda Morrison writes fondly of Vargassoff in her book, A Photographer in Old Peking (1985), “[Serge Vargassoff] was an excellent, though not very businesslike, photographer. We enjoyed a firm friendship and it was he who brought me the news of the Japanese surrender – and a bottle of vodka with which to celebrate the event.

Pavilion

Wulong Ting (Five-Dragon-Pavilion) in Beihai Park

The wall of Tuan Cheng (Circular City) in Beihai Park

The Stone Pailou (Gateway) in Zhongshan Park

A glazed gateway with a pavilion in Beihai Park

Wu Men (the Meridian Gate) in the Forbidden City

Dafeng Zushi Temple

Umbrella repair man

A noodle stall on the footpath

The marble statue of a standing camel on the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs

Part of the Great Wall

A woman wearing a headdress

Horse drawn carriage

A man in his shoe repair stall

Painted clay sculptures of Ming dynasty in Dahui Si (Temple of the Great Wisdom)

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