“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
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Bloody Saturday 80th Anniversary – Le Poste Mallet

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | No Comments »

I wanted to note the Poste Mallet station of the Frenchtown police, the Gard Municipal. It was the station from where the first detachments of Frenchtown police headed out to deal with the carnage from the second raft of bombs to fall on the concessions on Bloody Saturday – those outside the Great World Amusement Palace close by. The Mallet Police Station (technically at 174 Jinling Lu, but set back from the street itself) was built in 1936, designed by the noted architects Leonard and Veysseyre (see Spencer Dodington’s recent book on Veysseyre – Shanghai’s Art-Deco Master) , on the site of the old French Municipal Council (Hôtel Municipal) building (built 1863-4), pulled down in 1935. You can see the french tricolour flying from the top of the building and the statue in front, on the parade ground, is of Admiral Auguste Léopold Protet (1808-1862), who was killed in Shanghai during the Taiping Rebellion.

The building still exists, or at least last time I looked (it’s Shanghai, so you never know) and was one busy station on August 14, 1937…

The old French Municipal Building that was pulled down in 1935 to make way for Poste Mallet,

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