Over the course of 62 years, from 1907 to 1968, a businessman named Ye Jinglv in Fuzhou city posed for portrait photos. Those photos not only show us how one's face and clothing changes over the years, but also reflect the ups and downs during turbulent times in China. [Photo/ From Internet]
In 1907, the 27-years-old Ye posed for his first portrait photo during the late Qing Dynasty(1644-1911). He still retained his braid. After this session, he had portrait photos taken every year.
In the autumn of 1909, the empress dowager and Guangxu Emperor died, and the last emperor of China Xuantong ascended the throne. Ye still retained his braid at that time, but he dressed in a suit and a tie with the most fashionable Windsor knot of that era. [Photo/ From Internet]
In 1912, Ye cut his braid when the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) died out and the Republic of China was established.
In 1916, Ye first took a photo outdoors wearing a long gown, a Chinese jacket and cotton shoes. At that time Yuan Shikai suddenly died and China was trapped in successive years of tangled warfare among the warlords.
In 1920, Ye wore a new Chinese jacket.
In 1924, Ye still wore the Chinese jacket and cotton shoes but carried a western walking stick and a sun hat.
In 1932, Ye had to wear reading glasses. The three Northern Provinces of China were occupied by the Japanese army at that time.
In 1935, Ye wore a new long gown. The Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang was sent to visit the Soviet Union by the government, and the famous movie star Ruan Lingyu committed suicide the same year.
In 1938, Ye looked thinner when he took the portrait photo. The puppet Manchuria regime was recognized by many countries in the same year.