Tientsin, China


The Chinese port city of Tientsin (now Tianjin) had many post offices in the late 19th century as it had been opened, by force and treaty, to foreign trade and residence, with “concessions” occupied by nationals from Austria-Hungary, Italy, Russia, Belgium, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, France and the United States, all with their own governments and services. The Imperial Chinese Post, founded in 1896, had its own headquarters in the building shown above; below, an image from the U.S. Post Office in Tientsin circa 1910.



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