Beijing Postcards

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97 Yangmeizhu Xiejie

In the early 2000s, two self-confessed nerds started collecting photographs of China from the 1890s to the 1940s. Danes Simon Rom Gjeroe and Lars Ulrik Thom bought many of these historic snapshots at auctions but, incredibly, some were also acquired from the descendants of Danish missionaries who used to live in the city. It’s fascinating to see images of Dashilar, Tiananmen and elsewhere as they used to be. Other photos depict old family portraits and quotidian street scenes, such as a man proudly standing by his bicycle and old men smoking their pipes, on show here in their public gallery space in Dashilar.

Besides A5 postcards that lend the name, they also sell larger prints, calendars and antique map prints (with frames available ) as well as jigsaw puzzles of some of the most fantastic images. Many are available via their WeChat store (ID: BeijingPostcards).

Venue name: Beijing Postcards
Opening hours: Midday-6pm Wed-Sun
English address: 97 Yangmeizhu Xiejie, Xicheng district
Chinese address: 西城区杨梅竹斜街97号
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