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Put it in context

100 years ago our Manchurian Tobacco Company poster might have been hanging at a store like this!

Manchurian Tobacco Company Poster

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Destination: Malacca, Malaysia

This attractive replica of a 1930s-era promotional poster also has a fascinating history. From 1932-1935, the territory historically known as Manchuria, which covers northeast China and inner-Mongolia, was a Japanese puppet state, “ruled” by the deposed Qing emperor Puyi (also known as the last emperor of China). The Manchurian Tobacco Company was most likely an enterprise established during this period. Whereas earlier Chinese ads featured men playing the parts of women, dressed in imperial robes, this one shows a real lady with a western-style hairdo, signaling the transition between imperial and republican China. Over the years, many of these kinds of posters would wash up on the shores of Malaysia, where the Chinese influence has always been strong.


When Parameswara founded the Malacca Empire in 1400, he was determined to turn the port into a major trading destination. Besides setting up trade-friendly infrastructure, he actively courted the Chinese, both for ... Read More

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2.5 x 1.7 ft

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