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China's old stock certificates shown

OLD Chinese stock certificates from the Republic of China period (1911-49) are on display in suburban Zhujiajiao watertown in Qingpu District, offering a glimpse back into economic history.

The show featuring 50 kinds of stocks has been assembled by noted photographer and antiques collector Deke Erh who chose the ancient water town because it once was home to 16 banks.

The stocks date from 1911 to the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

"There's a legend behind each stock on display," says Erh. "They reflect the history and economic conditions of society over the years."

Some stocks belonged to famous names, such as tycoon T. V. Soong, the brother-in-law of late Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek; and Shanghai underworld bosses Du Yuesheng and Huang Jinrong.

Some were printed by European and American banknote printing companies of the time.

"Stocks and securities were quite popular in Zhujiajiao," says Erh. "Although few people collect old stocks today, I'm sure their value will be recognized in the future."

Date: through August 31, 10am-4pm

Address: 208 North Street, Zhujiajiao


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