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Shanghai's past recorded in 3D

SHANGHAI Municipal Archives is exhibiting 3D photos of the city taken more than about a century ago.

The black and white photos that were among the world's earliest 3D photo were exhibited and open to the public for the first time in the archive.

The photos show the city's Suzhou Creek and along major roads such as the Nanjing and Fuzhou roads.

The photos were published by the US 3D photo pioneer Underwood & Underwood Publishers around 1900. The company published over 10 million such 3D photos across the world in 1901 but few of them were of Shanghai.

The photos were donated by Spanish painter and collector Carlos Morell today along with thousands of other photos of the city.

They were collected by Morell's grandmother whose brother-in-law served as an Italian Ambassador in Shanghai in 1938.

"The precious photos about the war fills a gap of the archive's collection," said Zhu Jihua, curator of the archive.

Visitors with identity cards or passports can view photocopies or original documents free at the Shanghai Municipal Archives at the Bund. Staff can provide translation services.

Also today, the archive established the city's first financial archive center featuring over 100 photos and 200 documents and exhibits about the city's early finance industry.


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