The Sikhs in Shanghai were photographed numerous times for their fine appearance. There are pictures of Shanghai Sikh policemen at various traffic intersections including point duty at Nanking Road (today’s East Nanjing Road).  The mounted troopers with their lances were utilized for royal ceremonies and parades to show off the culture of imperialism that was so integral to quasi-colony International Settlement.  Here’s one such picture. Even as the Chinese and Japanese forces were skirmishing in neighboring native Chinese city, heading for full fledged confrontation by 1937, the forces at International Settlement kept aloof , parading its very variegated and imperial demeanor.

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Source: China Postcard on Flickr

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