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Chinese Political Prisoner Photograph Collection

What’s online?

The entire collection is scanned and online.

What’s in the entire collection?

The collection includes 104 photographs of Chinese political prisoners (all males) taken between 1924 and 1946. Each of the photographs is 2 x 1 inches in size and has information handwritten on the back—usually the French form of the prisoner’s name and one or more dates relating to the individual’s incarceration.

About the Photographs

Based on the physical condition and handwriting on the back of the photographs, the photos were taken between 1924 and 1946. It is believed that the men depicted were political prisoners from the French concession in Shanghai. During the 1930’s and 1940’s the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) experienced a time of collaboration, split, and conflict.

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