“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Yet More Change at the old Sun Department Store (Shanghai No.1)

Posted: June 19th, 2017 | No Comments »

Apparently Shanghai NO.1 Department Store, formerly Dai Sun or Sun Sun is to get yet another makeover. These are always awful whether it’s making store Maoist back in the day or the wholesale ripping out of interiors in the early 1990s so as to cram in concessions when the store ‘marketised’. Now the interior has only a few original touches left and it’s best to enjoy the exterior (with a little imagination). There are so many images of the Sun Sun, but here’s two that perhaps mark the changes it has seen…


The store just after the war with China’s leader emblazoned across its frontage – when he went so did classy retailing (in case you want another reason to dislike what came after?)

Ah yes, the happy retail days of the communist era – flasks, tartans, pioneer scarfs and a red Guard on the telephone reporting everyone for enjoying consumerism…


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