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COLLECTION Identifier: hyl00011

Felicitas Titus collection of Chinese postcards and other material, 1880s-1997, bulk 1900-1945


  • Creation: 1880s-1997


9 boxes (circa 3,020 postcards in 6 ring binders and 1 box. 5 boxes of other material. Arranged by material type; postcards arranged geographically.)

General note

Collection title devised. Postcards issued by various American, European, and Japanese publishers and printers, including Kingshill Publishing Company, Chinese American Publishing Company, Denniston & Sullivan, Camera Craft, M. Sternberg, Hartung’s Photo Shop, and Akasawa Fine Art Company. Notable photographers include Charles F. Gammon, René Tillot, John D. Zumbrun, and Sanshichiro Yamamoto. Postcards are mostly photomechanical reproductions of photographs (chiefly collotypes, chromolithographs, and halftone prints) and photographic postcards (gelatin silver prints). Many are color, including some hand colored, and most measure 9 x 15 cm. Collection contains a few panoramic postcards and souvenir viewbooks. Some postcards carry correspondence, stamps, and postmarks. Other material: Felicitas Titus's unpublished autobiography, Vanishing cultures: a personal memoir of China, 1925-1952; a Chinese-English dictionary (Peking, 1940), character cards of the College of Chinese Studies course of study (California College in China), and other material for learning Chinese; clippings, baggage labels for hotels in China, and menus for the Chinese Government Railways dining car (1920) and the SS Canberra of the P & O-Orient Lines (1966); 2 albums of cut-outs “by the women of Shantung,” covered in decorative silk brocade and made by the Self-help Dept. of the Women's Bible School in Chefoo (Zhifu); 3 paper bound albums with ink wash paintings, 4 silk embroidered pictures, and 2 ink and water color paintings; 46 illustrations of Chinese people and scenes by Paul Fisher; 10 stone rubbings, including an inscription attributed to Ta Yu from the Hsia Dynasty; a handbound manuscript, typewritten in English and dated 1943, A history of the Ming Dynasty by Princess Shou Shan; Hsiang Fei: a love story of Emperor Ch’ien Lung by dancer, writer, and Imperial court attendant Madame Dan Pao Tchao (née Princess Shou Shan), printed in English by the Yu Lien Press in 1934; 15 Chinese books and pamphlets, including Mount Omei, an illustrated guidebook published in 1936 by West China Union University [of] Harvard-Yenching Institute, with an English translation by Dryden Linsey Phelps, a professor of English literature at West China Union University who inscribed the book to K.W. Titus, brother of Felicitas Titus; guidebooks for various cities in China, including Hong Kong, and San Francisco’s Chinatown; and 4 maps, including a 1945 bound pocket map of Shanghai, and A map and history of Peiping with explanatory booklet by Frank Dorn, published in 1936 by the Peiyang Press Ltd. Captions on most postcards in English and Chinese. Approximately 350 postcards published in: Old Beijing: postcards from the Imperial City / Felicitas Titus ; foreword by Susan Naquin. Rutland, VT : Tuttle Pub., c2012. Approximately 465 postcards published in: Bygone Shanghai : a postcard History from 1890 to 1945 / commentary by Felicitas Titus. [San Francisco, Calif.] : [Blurb], [2017].

Hollis Number: 990150067970203941

Felicitas Titus collection of Chinese postcards and other material, 1880s-1997, bulk 1900-1945
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