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Robert Henry Chandless Photographs

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Robert Henry Chandless arrived in Shanghai from New York around 1900 to join the British import-export firm of Pool Lander. Although little is known about him, his collection of photographs represent a fascinating travelogue of images of China in the early 1900s. These include candid scenes and tourist views of Peking and Tientsin; foreign legations and private residences of American, British and other diplomatic personnel; the wool industry in Tientsin; and contemporary views of the Boxer Rebellion (1900) including images of the international relief force of soldiers and sailors that came to the aid of the besieged foreign delegations in Peking and elsewhere.

About the Database

Information for Robert Henry Chandless Photographs was researched and prepared by the UW Libraries Special Collections Division and Cataloging staff in 2001. Not all the images from the original collection of over 1400 photographs were included in this database. 33 individual photographs and 176 photographs from one of the nine albums in the Chandless Collection were chosen to be digitized. The images were scanned in grayscale using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600L and saved in .jpg format. Some manipulation of the images was done to present the clearest possible digital image. The scanned images were then linked with descriptive data using the UW Content program. The original collection resides in the UW Libraries Special Collections Division as the Robert Henry Chandless Collection no. 214.

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