1900 postcard Boxer Rebellion China, disturbing images

Chinese Imperial postcard during Boxer Rebellion with two disturbing images: one with women in stocks, another with man about to be executed.

'Shanghai' printed at top, 'Chinese Executions' below images, and  'Hirsbrunner & Co. Shanghai' at bottom. Hirsbrunner & Co. were jewelers located in Shanghai.

Text written in french, sent to France. Postmarked 'SHANG-HAI 13 AOUT 00 CHINE' (13th August).

Card has toning on both sides. Partial postmark at top.

 

The Boxer Rebellion was a violent anti-foreign, anti-colonial and anti-Christian uprising that took place in China between 1899 and 1901, toward the end of the Qing dynasty.

It was initiated by the Militia United in Righteousness (Yihetuan), known in English as the "Boxers", for many of their members had been practitioners of Chinese martial arts, also referred to in the west as "Chinese Boxing". They were motivated by proto-nationalist sentiments and by opposition to Western colonialism and the Christian missionary activity that was associated with it.

The Eight-Nation Alliance, after being initially turned back, brought 20,000 armed troops to China, defeated the Imperial Army, and arrived at Peking on August 14, relieving the siege of the Legations. Uncontrolled plunder of the capital and the surrounding countryside ensued, along with the summary execution of those suspected of being Boxers.

The Boxer Protocol of 7 September 1901 provided for the execution of government officials who had supported the Boxers…

WIKIPEDIA

  • Thousands of foreign troops reach China on the occasion of the Boxer Rebellion. Many military or civilians bring portable cameras. Their position as occupying forces allows them the freedom to photograph anything.
  • Executions and physical punishment are a significant topic in the new and spectacularly successful postcard industry; this success hurts commercial studios which are lose ground as provider of scenes.
  • Scenes are now often produced by amateurs. In Beijing, whole sequences of executions are shot by French troops. 

'Photography in China : History and Processes, 1839-1920' by Régine THIRIEZ

 

 

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