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Grandpa's China Pictures -- minor NSFW

My grandpa, cool old guy, always had a bunch of cool stuff. My mom was messing around with one of his old Chinese boxes recently, and she found a bunch of film negatives in one of the funny little drawers. She had them developed, and there were a lot of pictures from his time as a military adviser to Chiang Kai-shek's government in China. The Kuomintang was on the ropes even then, not that Grandpa Frog was tearing his hair out about it. Apparently, the whole military assistance thing was a big fiasco anyway, and since he happily described himself as a champion gold brick, he mostly focused on doing as little as possible. Here's some of the pictures I've been going through, and thank god for Wikipedia when it comes to looking this stuff up.

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There's a number of crowd shots where it looks as though something official is taking place. People are lining up and signing something. Enlistment in the national army? No way of knowing, and I have zero context for any of these pictures. Note blue sky, white sun KMT flag.

I'm iffy on the time period he spent over there, but he seems to have gotten around a bit. Some good photos of Sun Yat-sen's mausoleum at Mount Zijin in Nanjing, and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

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A somewhat more uncomfortable question might be exactly how far he did get around during his time in China. He was a young, single American officer looking to have a good time and avoid any actual work, and he definitely gave opium the good college try. He also apparently liked taking pictures at the local topless revue. Not so classy, Gramps, but at least it looks like a hell of a good show featuring some imaginative headdresses. There's also a few pictures of a very beautiful young Chinese woman wearing a very excellently embroidered dress. Who is she? No idea.

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One subject he seemed to particularly enjoy was Imperial roof decorations. They mark official buildings, and the more mythical beasts, the more important the building. This one features man riding bird, chiwen, phoenix, lion, heavenly horse, sea horse, and dragon at the rear representing state authority. The lower picture is of the Hall of Preserving Harmony in the Forbidden City with Imperial yellow roof and highest possible number and status of decorations.

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Lots of grand old architecture. Shots of the countryside are picturesque, but often pretty bleak.

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