Research Services
Old China Hand Gazette


For anyone who wants to look up businesses, home addresses, families, friends, neighbors, schools, churches, clubs, etc., Tess has some Hong Books (for all China), and a variety of Shanghai directories for the following years: 1921, 1923, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1939 and 1941 (the last pre-war one).

For the postwar years, she has: 1944, 1948-49 and 1949 but they list only businesses, with no residential addresses; these are, however, covered in the English-language telephone directories for 1941 and 1949. (Tess also has a 1937 Hong Book and a 1939 Shanghai Directory in German.)

Her map collection spans the 1920s and 1930s (but most are too large to photocopy). She also has 200+ detailed strip maps for 1947 showing all the buildings on every street in both the old concessions.

Although all of the Western cemeteries were long-ago destroyed, she has a listing of all the reproduced Western tombstones in one cemetery here.
(For a list of Shanghai’s 80+Jewish tombstones, contact Dvir Bar-Gal).

Tess doesn’t charge for any of this, but does hope for something in return. She is constantly scouring the old markets here for research material. The more she has, the more she is able to assist readers and researchers. She especially treasures and uses manuscripts, diaries, letters, newspaper clippings, old maps, photos, theatre programs, and anything else that adds to her knowledge of expatriate life in China over the past 150 years.
Tess Johnston, June 2016. All Rights Reserved