Historical Photographs of China album reference: Hv35. Edward Bangs Drew album of carte-de-visite portraits. General note: Title from album caption. Historical: John Thomson (1837-1921) was a Scottish photographer active in southeast Asia, China and in London. He was one of the first photographers to travel to southeast Asia, and his photographs documenting the street people of London was a pioneering work of social documentary photography that laid the foundation for photojournalism. He established a commercial portrait studio in 1879 and two years later became the official photographer to Queen Victoria. Provenance: Purchased from Lucy Drew, 1949. Inscription: Inscribed on verso: Very truly yours, E.C. Taintor. Tamsui, 22nd August 1868. Subject: Edward C. Taintor, an American, served in the Chinese Maritime Customs Service from 1865 to 1870. He returned to the United States to recover from a disease that left him deaf but eventually resumed working for the Customs Service in China. He became head of the Department of Statistics before his deafness forced him to go back to the United States again in 1875. Access to original photographs and albums in the Edward Bangs Drew Collection is restricted. Photographs and images from the collection may be reproduced only with written permission. Contact the Harvard-Yenching Library for permissions and fees.

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