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

Crittall Showroom on the North Szechuen Road, 1930s…

Posted: July 18th, 2019 | No Comments »

Way back in 2008 – round about when i started this blog – I talked about the sad demise of Crittall windows and door frames in Shanghai. They are an essential element of Shanghai’s art-deco look but invariably are either poorly maintained (meaning they are destroyed by rust eventually despite their excellent longevity) or ripped out by Shanghai’s philistine ‘refurbishers’ and replaced with that most horrid of modern inventions, UPVC. Crittall, a company still very much in business in England, kindly sent me some of their old Shanghai photographs from their company archive – http://www.chinarhyming.com/2008/12/23/crittall-in-shanghai-some-photos-unearthed/

Then, recently, I came across this 1930s ad for Crittall in Shanghai and their showroom up on the North Szechuen Road (Sichuan Bei Lu now) – hence another post about Crittall in Shanghai.

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