Edwards Bangs Drew Chinese Maritime Customs Service Photographs

Kidnapped girls, Foochow, found hidden in a junk by customs inspectors. Harvard-Yenching Library. 1904.EBD00.187.


Edward Bangs Drew joined the Chinese Maritime Customs Service in 1864 after earning his BA degree from Harvard.  In 1868, Drew was appointed a Commissioner of the Service, a position he held for decades. During that time he collected photographs that document clothing, customs, and daily life in 19th century China, as well as Drew’s life and career, including family and social gatherings, public appearances, and events and ceremonies.

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