The lost world of old #Pyongyang & #NorthKorea: photos, ephemera, maps, vignettes, baseball, true crime & the human condition.

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Railway stations of #Pyongyang and #Sinuiju, 1924.
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Interior of a coal mine near #Pyongyang, #Korea, 1921. OPP once visited an artisanal anthracite mine with timber support beams in #Pennsylvania. It was a rather terrifying experience.
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1921 Sept "Along the Taidong River in the neighborhood of #Pyongyang are rich veins of anthracite coal, the extent of which is about 32 miles in length and 7.5 miles in width." Possible location of the mine shown in the photos on a 1946 map and a recent Google Earth image.
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Coal mine tramways and railways near #Pyongyang, #Korea, 1921.
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1921 Sept "Unsan mine [of northern #Korea] was operated by an American syndicate, called the Oriental Consolidated Mining Company, incorporated under the laws of #WestVirginia."
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Chosen (#Korea) Railways, January 1915. Through tickets to #Beijing, #Shanghai, #Moscow, #Odessa, and #Warsaw. Was overland travel to Warsaw even be possible in the winter of 1915?
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Hyonmu Gate (玄武門) of #Pyongyang as it appears in a Japanese movie about the Sino-Japanese War and as it appears today.
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And a film depiction of the Japanese attack on #Pyongyang (平壤總攻擊) during the Sino-Japanese War in 1894. The scene depicts private Harada Jūkichi opening the Hyonmu Gate to Pyongyang Castle, today located in Morangbong Park. invidious.fdn.fr/watch?v=j_sTrutm…
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This is worth taking a look at: "The Japanese war with #China in #Korea in 1894, the Japanese march to and capture of #Pyongyang from a contemporary Japanese viewpoint in pictures" via Brother Anthony of Taizé. anthony.sogang.ac.kr/JapanPy…
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#Monet at Étretat, via Seattle Art Museum (@iheartSAM) #OPP at Baekryong-do, 12 km off the coast of #NorthKorea
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There is another similar formation near the #DPRK-#China called the Elephant Rock (코끼리바위).
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Post Office and Postal Routes in #Korea, 1909 March
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"Unknown Corners of #Korea: Big Timber on the Tumen and Yalu Rivers," 1919. "To explore the primeval forest is simply impossible...as soon as one leaves it he is in an entanglement of vines, fallen and dead trees, undergrowth, peat-bogs, mud-holes, & heaven knows what else."
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The Astor House, #Shanghai "Largest, best, and most modern hotel in the Far East. Main dining room seats 500 guests and is electrically cooled...Cuisine unexcelled; service and attention perfect....Rates from $6; special monthly terms."
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Such a good "Diagrammatical Track Map" of railways in #Manchuria, 1936. Note the adjoining railway connections with #Korea to Sinuiju, Rajin, and Chongjin.
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Forests of #NorthKorea, 1939. "Among the few forest districts spared the ravages of wholesale deforestation, the most important is the one along the upper reaches of the Yalu and Tumen Rivers on the frontier."
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Imperial Japanese plans for "New #Shanghai" from 1939, based on earlier KMT plans for the "Greater City of Shanghai." From the 1990s, the PRC developed #Pudong into the futuristic cityscape it is today.
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Telephone exchange area redistricting in #Shanghai, 1930-1932.
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