University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: JC-s267. Printed on the back of the post card: Collection Liou-Seu. 'Collection Liou-Seu' was the name of a publisher of post cards, based in Tianjin. Given the pose, the woman was most likely a courtesan. Message on the (unposted) post card: "Nov 1921 / Tientsin China / Note the small feet! I measured one a while ago and found it 2 ½ inches from toe to heel. They are contortioned when they are young by bandaging. This is supposed to be a great asset in their chance for marriage and raises them up the social ladder. They never walk out of doors much. If so they are carried in chairs. Cheerio J.D.G.".
A woman lying on a chaise longue in a photographer's studio, with a stuffed cat, Tianjin
Black and white photograph