Those old photos from the Republic of China have images left by women from different places, ethnic groups, and ages. In a hundred years, time is hurried, most of them have passed away, but the vivid side of the film has been frozen forever Then, comparing these old movies, they reappeared in the mirror, as if they had never left, and what they presented to us is a real Republic of China.

One or two families

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Beijing in 1918, every spring and summer, in Beihai Park, a group photo of a family of beggars, 2nd from the right mother span>Untidy clothes, holding a baby, on her right may be the eldest son, shirtless, most of the children on the left are barefoot, Wearing torn clothes, even a boy doesn’t even have pants. The income from begging is the source of their survival.

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1925 Before April, in a spacious courtyard in the North, a wealthy Master sits on a chair, the master squats on the ground and looks at flowers, the two people’s long braids are clearly visible, two The woman is the master’s concubine, and a big blessing on the wall is very eye-catching.

Photo review:Huaxia, who just woke up from the dark night of the late Qing Dynasty, ushered in the dawn of the republic, but this great country is like a big ship, It has long been riddled with holes, stagnating on the shore, and the polarization between the rich and the poor is very obvious.

Two, two girls

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March 1925, Hebei On the street of Chengde, a young girl with a delicate appearance, with her feet wrapped in her hands, was selling her own pillows.

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1916 , A photo studio in Beijing, a picture of 12-year-old Lin Huiyin, dressed in trendy clothes, her father is Beiyang GovernmentHigh-ranking officials, prominent family background.

Photo review:They are a few years old, but their looks are somewhat similar, both of them have the beauty of traditional Chinese women. But one is a three-inch golden lotus, and the other is Tianzu leather shoes. Different family backgrounds will lead to different destinies. But those beautiful girl years are eternal in the photos of the two of them.

Three, two old women

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Beijing in 1918, to celebrate the victory of World War I, In the Forbidden City, a Thanksgiving Presidential Military Parade is held. The old lady watching the ceremony is gorgeously dressed and sitting by the incense burner.

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1917 In Mao County, Sichuan Province, an old woman leaned on a firewood to rest.

Picture review:Two elderly people are of the same age, and one is pampered in Beijing, a man doing housework in the mountains, the same is their little feet, both of them are smoking, one is a short cigarette holder, the other is a long pipe.

Comparison of four and three inch golden lotus

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Zhejiang in 1917 In a market town near Hangzhou, a little girl’s grandma is binding her feet. The grandma is full of smiles, although the child is indifferent.looks, but she frowns, it can be seen that she is not feeling well.

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1932 In Datong, Shanxi, a woman is wrapping her feet with clean cloth after washing her feet.

Picture review:Two photos 15 years apart, they happen to be the foot-binding scenes of a girl and a woman. This bad habit originated from the late Northern Song Dynasty and is thousands of years old. For more than a year, women have been ruining generations of women, and the gracefulness of walking has become a kind of pathological beauty, making them psychologically and physically vassals of men.

5. Study and work

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In 1926, in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, in a classroom at the Women’s Normal School, students of prosperous and prosperous students were taking English lessons.

In Dalian in 1937, a few young girls, beside the machine in the wool processing factory, concentrated on spinning.

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Picture comment :Girls in the Republic of China came out of the feudal shackles of thousands of years. Enlightened families began to let women go to school. Only through knowledge can women have the strongest weapon to fight for their status; other ordinary families also let women go to school. The woman goes to work, supplements her family through labor, and supports herself.

Six. Good Family Women and Affluent Women

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1930

Span>Wuhu, Anhui, a few Jiangnan women walking on the street, with good looks and refined temperament .

In Dandong, Liaoning in 1932, this was a street where a brothel lived. A group of women from the dust took a group photo under the porch. Most of them did not smile. Their life was stubborn.

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Picture comment :One is to roam freely between cities, the other is to sell themselves in a cage-like place. In the photo, their expressions are also different from heaven and earth, cheerful and gloomy, and their destiny is instantly frozen in the photo.

Seven, two mothers

In 1936, a family in Benxi, Liaoning, The mother is breastfeeding the baby. The cradle is uniquely designed. It is a metal basket with a few ropes through it, hung from the roof and placed next to the big kang.

Shanghai in 1947, Born a pair of conjoined babies with buttocks connected, profit-seeking businessmen took advantage of people’s curiosity to pay their homes to travel outside the house. The mother was breastfeeding the children during the exhibition.

Picture commentary:In different circumstances, maternal love flows in breast milk, no matter what they and their children will encounter, whether it is a dull life or pain after suffering, yes Growing up healthy, still unable to feed, this moment of great love will never disappear.

Eight or two wedding

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Shanghai in 1947, a 24-year-old reporter Chen Xiangmei, Married to General Chennault, Flying Tigers who supported the Chinese Anti-Japanese War. This is a photo from their wedding. Chen Xiangmei looked at her husband affectionately. Because Chennault was three years older than his father, he was always opposed by his family. The two had gone through many twists and turns in their marriage before they finally became beautiful couples.

Shaanxi in 1947Lintong , A newly-married couple held a wedding, standing on the steps for a group photo, the groom wearing a tunic, holding a bowler hat, brideclass="candidate-entity-word" data-gid="9969397" qid="6538718605213734152"> span> Flowers in headdresses and scarfs. For some reason, neither of them smiled. They pouted, and the bride was still a little bit sad.

Picture review:Two weddings in the same year, the degree of joy is quite different. Perhaps, under the power of love, a free marriage is always pleasant Chen Xiangmei fell in love with Chennault; the young couple in Lintong is a traditional Chinese marriage, perhaps introduced by a matchmaker or arranged by their parents. Only after getting married and then falling in love will they have such an expression.

Nine. Begging boats and discharge

Near the Nanjing section of the Yangtze River in 1917, on board A woman of, with a long bamboo wormwood attached to a begging net basket, stretched out to the traveling passenger ship, expecting a little bit of food or copper plates from the good-hearted passengers. The children on each ship looked eagerly. With.

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In Fuzhou in 1929, on a river, a An old woman is also holding a long bamboo wormwood, but she is struggling to support the bamboo rafts and make money to support her family by trafficking in bamboo.

Picture review:Two pictures, one is a scene of begging, the other is a scene of self-reliance, who is who in that age of poverty and weakness It’s not easy to judge. In different situations, they will always use their own methods to survive.

Ten. Water Flower Boat and Pheasant

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In Guangzhou in 1929, Huafang was the elegant name for floating brothels. The Huafangs staying on the Pearl River were connected to each other, forming a street of Huafang. , Whenever a guest comes to look for a prostitute, they will be picked up by boat.

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Shanghai in 1931, located in Qinglian Pavilion Tea House near Si Ma Road. Along the guardrail on the second floor, many women are looking out. This is a famous place in Shanghai. The pheasant activity site, as a gathering place for singing, juggling, and miscellaneous stalls, has become a good place for people of the three religions and nine ranks, and thus has become a good place for mobile prostitutes to attract customers.

Picture commentary:There is a saying in Chinese tradition:laugh at the poor but not at the prostitution. In the Republic of China, some women from poor families and nowhere to make a living were slightly charming Become the prey of the old bustards. In these two photos, the way of waiting for guests and actively looking for guests witnessed their miserable lives.

11. farmhouse and Store

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A rural farmhouse in Dalian, Liaoning in 1925 At the doorway, in spring, peach and plum blossoms are in bloom. A peasant woman with her two children is standing by the stone wall at the doorway. Such a rural life is peaceful and quiet in the sun.

It was also a spring in Shaoxing, Zhejiang in 1931. This store sold Hua Diao Liquor, soy sauce, Fermented bean curd and other food stores, The proprietress at the door was taking the child while knitting a sweater.

Picture review:rural and urban, farmhouses and shops, the different means of earning a living are ordinary people’s lives at home, and the children they raise will be in the future In the past, he grew up slowly, but now he has become an old man.

12:Reading and Mahjong

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Jiangsu Nanjing in 1917, In the library of Jinling University, five female college students sit on the table and read carefully. The bookcases behind are mostly English books , Under the Chinese-style window lattices, sunlight penetrated, and ancient China, quietly, began to learn Western the road.

In 1924, Dalian, Liaoning, two young women left this image at the mahjong table. People of that era, mahjong was the best The time-consuming entertainment can be both a family and a bet on winning or losing.

Picture commentary:All sentient beings come to the world, whether it is troubled or governed, everyone bears different responsibilities. Some people are content with the status quo, drunk with dreams, and the wheel of history will only keep moving forward.

Thirteen:Fortune-telling and Shaman

In Suzhou in 1930, an old woman was working Asked for sign and asked Gua, the expression was a little nervous, and the two passerby old women next to him watched the Gua master’s explanation curiously.

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A shaman in Dalian, Liaoning in 1935 The wizard is doing it, the people of the Northeast region, to the Shamanism is very faithful. If people in the family encounter illness, they will seek witchcraft to resolve them.

Picture commentary:In the Republic of China, ordinary people always hope to live a happy life. Whether it is praying for the happiness of their families or relieving difficulties, the first thing they think of is to ask the gods for protection. This has continued to this day.

14. Two young girls

In 1925, Shenyang, Liaoning, a brothel woman Sitting on the sofa, holding his hands on his face, the posture of Erlang’s legs, very lazy and comfortable.

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A young boat lady in Hangzhou in 1930 Sitting on the bow of the boat, squinting, waiting for tourists to board the boat.

Picture review:The two women look a little alike and have different ways of earning a living. Although the level of ease is very different, we can see from the picture, Their mentality seems to be a little unwilling, and they are all lightly exposed on their faces.

15. Peasant women and trendy women

In 1944, Nanjing, Jiangsu, a suburban area In the canal, several farmhouses cooperated to step on the waterwheel, and the woman on the right lowered her head and stepped on the waterwheel, as if thoughtful.

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Beijing in 1945, beside the White Tower , A fashionable woman sits on the root of a tree, alone, enjoying the scenery.