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The Old China Coast Press Weekend – The China Illustrated Review

Posted: April 15th, 2011 | 3 Comments »

This weekend – some old adverts from some former bastions of the old pre-1949 China Coast press – a time when independent journalism, journals, magazines and newspapers in a wide variety of languages from Ukrainian to Hebrew, Old Testament English (honest…some bored ex-pats actually launched a journal in old testament English in Chungking to amuse themselves – sadly I don’t believe any copies survive) to Korean flourished in Shanghai, Tientsin and other treaty ports. Now all sadly gone, expect the lone hold out of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Worth remembering.

The China Illustrated Review was an off shoot of the daily Peking and Tientsin Times newspaper which was actually printed and based in Tientsin. It was a sort of version of ‘The Week’ rounding up what was going on, the North-China Daily News did a similar thing out of Shanghai with the North China Herald once a week as a round up publication.

BTW: Victoria Road in Tientsin’s former British Concession is now Jiefang North Road in Tianjin

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3 Comments on “The Old China Coast Press Weekend – The China Illustrated Review”

  1. 1 liping said at 3:02 pm on February 23rd, 2016:

    HI Paul:
    Thanks for sharing this historical periodical. Where did you find it? I’m very interested in investigating further into this.


  2. 2 paul French said at 4:12 pm on February 23rd, 2016:

    copies can be seen on microfische at British Library newspaper archives and some at Hong Kong University library

  3. 3 Peter said at 7:51 pm on May 28th, 2019:

    Generally relied upon a Reuters news feeds via telegrams for content.

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