2500 old photos from all over the world in 3 years

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have been silent for years, leaving traces on the images, and the old photos are fixed in historical moments. On August 19, the database of Old Chengdu image library, which took three years to build independently by Chengdu Library, was officially launched. The database is dedicated to collecting the photos of Old Chengdu before 1949, providing researchers and readers with the appreciation, research and utilization of historical photos of Chengdu. Due to copyright reasons, the database is only used in Chengdu Library (i.e. in Chengdu Library, free access through Chengdu Library Intranet).

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the old Chengdu image library database was officially launched

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. On August 19, the “Old Chengdu image library database”, which was independently built by Chengdu Library for three years, was officially put on line to describe and interpret

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The multi angle and multi-level description and interpretation of

make readers feel the changes of Chengdu in the past 100 years in terms of vision and words. Click on

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the most surprising picture of

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: the bronze statue of Sun Yat Sen erected on Chunxi Road (the existing bronze statue is a reconstruction)

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In 1896, Isabella Byrd, the first British female photographer of

, took seven pictures of Chengdu Plain scenery, temples and people.

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, Chunxi Road create monument, post gate, bull market, old Simon, white horse temple, north gate Town God’s Temple statue, Hui LAN tower, half bridge, Anshun bridge, wash Chi Chi, Zi Yun Ting, Zhao Zilong wash Ma Chi, Sichuan provincial Chengdu middle school, Chengdu Air Force Communication School and other rare photos

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at home and abroad. In 2017, Chengdu Library launched the “Old Chengdu image library database” project, and invited yuan Tingdong, a famous scholar of Bashu culture, as an academic consultant. After nearly three years of collection, collation, textual research, processing and description, more than 2500 precious old photos of Chengdu have been collected.

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database include a large number of photos taken by early overseas photographers kept by several domestic and foreign literature institutions, as well as the photos published in various domestic and foreign publications before the founding of new China. It can be said that the electronic books and periodicals of major domestic literature institutions, especially public libraries, have been searched. Overseas publications, such as the foreign missionary Church in Paris, have been searched This work has never been done by any institution or individual in Chengdu in the past, such as communique, London News pictorial, National Geographic magazine and other domestic publications, such as Liangyou pictorial, picture times and United pictorial. The selected photos of

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are digitized, analyzed into “metadata” information, and described and interpreted from multiple angles and levels, so that readers can feel the changes of Chengdu in the past century in terms of vision and text. ” Tu Yingge, director of the Local Literature Department of Chengdu Library, said.

it is understood that among the photos collected in the database, the earliest photos that can be traced back to a specific time were taken by Isabella bird, the first British female photographer to China, when she visited Chengdu in 1896, with a total of 7 photos. Readers can clearly see the scenery, temples and characters of Chengdu plain at that time. In 1898, there were 21 photos of the mint in the General Bureau of silver coin of Sichuan Machinery Co., Ltd., which was taken by the technician of henriknapp machine company in Philadelphia in 1898. These photos clearly show the workshop, workers and the installation of printing machines in the mint at that time. There are still some rare photos in the database, such as Chunxi Road’s monuments, post door, bull market, old Simon, white horse temple, north gate Town God’s Temple statue, Hui LAN tower, half bridge, Anshun bridge, wash Chi Chi, Zi Yun Ting, Zhao Zilong wash Ma Chi, Sichuan provincial Chengdu middle school, Chengdu Air Force Communication School and so on.

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talked about the most memorable photos in the collected photos. Yuan Tingdong told reporters: “about the bronze statue of Sun Yat Sen familiar to Chengdu citizens, what we see now is actually the second sculpture. The relationship between the first bronze statue and the monument built on Chunxi Road is not clear in the past records. Although the collection process was very difficult, we were lucky to find a few photos of the front, side, local and panoramic view of the monument built on Chunxi Road. We can clearly see that the bronze statue of Sun Yat Sen was erected on the monument built on Chunxi Road for the first time, which is of high literature value. When I saw this group of photos, I was very shocked. I believe these photos can surprise everyone

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are the first photo databases established in Chengdu Library. In addition to the unprecedented number of photos and wide collection channels, the database is also the first time for Chengdu Library to standardize the professional research, description and digital display of the old photos of Chengdu before 1949.

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Chengdu Library has carried out a lot of identification and even error correction work by combining various literature materials, browsing old maps and collecting experts’ textual research, so as to trace the origin of each photo. For example, there is a photo that has long been mistaken for being related to the official road outside the north gate of Chengdu. The staff found the original picture in the first issue of Volume 40 of road monthly in 1933, which confirms that this photo is actually shuangxiaofang and dezhengfang beside Shuangxiao temple in Chengdu.

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database of Old Chengdu image gallery shows the historical appearance of Chengdu, a famous historical and cultural city, from the aspects of industry and commerce, architecture, rivers, streets, military administration, culture, places of interest and so on. The purpose of this paper is to reconstruct the urban style and social life of Old Chengdu with these precious historical materials. Its historical value and research significance are beyond doubt.

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image gallery are marked with the original source and photographer information, and some of the photos are also provided with necessary text description. Readers can find the corresponding information according to the information of each photo, such as the specific source, photographer, the number of journals, etc. the detailed and standardized information is very useful for experts and enthusiasts who study the history and culture of Chengdu Great help, but also conducive to the readersThe new appearance and old appearance of the photo points have a clearer understanding. “Old Chengdu image library database” collects a large number of old photos of a city, and the information description is complete, standardized and comprehensive, which is the first example in the self built photo database of Public Libraries in China. Xiao Ping, director of Chengdu Library of

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, said: “the establishment of the old photo database is a historical work connecting the past and the future, and is also the content and brand of characteristic collection services of Chengdu Library. At present, the collected and edited photos span from 1896 to 1949. In the future, we will continue to collect relevant photos from the society, especially those after 1949, so as to make the database of Old Chengdu image gallery more perfect and enrich, and better serve the readers and the construction of Chengdu as a world famous cultural city. ”

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