I am looking for reusable pictures of Chinese factories in the 1930s and 1940s.

The closest categories I could find on Wikimedia Commons don't seem to contain anything relevant:

By "reusable" I mean they can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.


Here are some of my findings.. no one source, lots of looking all over the net:

  1. Search for "factory" on http://www.asu.edu/lib/archives/smedforeign.htm

    "Chinese factory workers have spiritual faces--faces filled with suffering."
    1930s Photographer: Agnes Smedley Agnes Smedley Collection
    MSS-122 Vol. 39

  2. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:China_Motor_Corporation_top_crew.jpg

    Top managers, chief engineers, and American consultants in front of the China Motor Corporation. China Motor Corporation was the first Chinese factory of manufacturing jet engines. It was established with American assistance. World War II, in Kuichow (current Guizhou), China.

  3. 1950s and not a photograph but: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chinesepostersnet/5099136754

    Emulation in the Patriotic production campaign Designer: Huang Jun
    ca. 1950

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    I'm afraid #3 is explicitly marked "all rights reserved", and I don't see any signs of usage rules for #1. Only #2 is explicitly marked "public domain." – Joe Germuska Sep 15 '14 at 14:24

It might be worth searching Europeana or the Digital Public Library of America. For DPLA particularly, keep your eye on the left-hand sidebar for lists of collections; you may find a stash you wouldn't otherwise have known existed.


Google Image Search provides helpful settings to search for reusable pictures. For a detailed explanation have a look at Find reusable images of city X with width>2100 pixels.

  • +1 I guess that would be like google.com/… I have checked the first page of results, and have found only images of war, pictures of factories outside of China, and two China factory images that are BY-NC even though I explicitly asked Google Image Search for commercially reusable pictures. – Nicolas Raoul Sep 16 '14 at 1:50
  • I agree, there doesn't seem to be much out there that fits your requirements. Another idea would be to ask a native speaker to search in Chinese … – Patrick Hoefler Sep 16 '14 at 10:29
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    Great idea! The Chinese word for factory is 工廠, which also happens to be a naval word used in Japanese, which monopolizes Google results... – Nicolas Raoul Sep 16 '14 at 13:19

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