Friedrich Schiff (1908-1968) , was an Austrian cartoonist in Shanghai in 1930s and 1940s and sketched for several newspapers and illustrated publications. He was deeply impacted in his works by everyday life in China. His book ‘Maskee’ on Shanghai is well-known.  But it’s his collaboration with Ellen Thorbecke nee Catleen, a German photojournalist that produced a delightful China series including one on Shanghai depicting life in this city of contrasts and of course included my favorite:the Shanghai Sikhs.  North China Daily News advertised it as a keeper, which it certainly is. The Sikh traffic cop visuals are classic and highlight how ubiquitous they were in Old Shanghai . At the end of the post is the video link to view the book in its entirety.

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Video link for the book :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AkzgoqO9EgM

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