The F.H. Jewell Collection

Archivist John Cornelius has done us all a service by preserving a remarkable window into a bygone past—this collection of photographs taken in China between 1921 and 1927 by one Frederick Harris Jewell, marketer for the British-American Tobacco Company.

Early morning in public square, Peking. c. 1920s (© J. D. Cornelius 2008 / F. H. Jewell Collection)

Temple and "Stairway to Heaven" c. 1920s atop Tai Shan ("Sacred Mountain") in Shandong province, elev. 5,069 feet. Significant "Mountain of the East" in Taoist tradition, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. (© J. D. Cornelius 2008 / F. H. Jewell Collection)

Street scene, Hong Kong, c. 1920s. (© J. D. Cornelius 2008 / F. H. Jewell Collection)

You can read more about Mr. Jewell and see dozens more images from China and elsewhere at Mr. Cornelius’ site.  Highly recommended.

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