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January 13, 2024

Tibet in 1924 Through Wonderful Photos

Tibet was a de facto independent state in East Asia that lasted from the collapse of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty in 1912 until its annexation by the People's Republic of China in 1951.

It is the homeland of the Tibetan people. Also resident on the plateau are some other ethnic groups such as the Monpa, Tamang, Qiang, Sherpa and Lhoba peoples and, since the 20th century, considerable numbers of Han Chinese and Hui settlers.

Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 4,380 m (14,000 ft). Located in the Himalayas, the highest elevation in Tibet is Mount Everest, Earth's highest mountain, rising 8,848.86 m (29,032 ft) above sea level.

These wonderful photos from ELCA Archives are taken by Roy Thelander, Augustana Synod missionary. It’s from his trip to the Tibetan Areas of Northwest China in Summer 1924, accompanied by David Lindskog, science teacher of the Swedish School for children of missionaries from Sweden, Kikungshan, Honan.

Monastery, Charka, Tibet, 1924

A Tibetan woman outside the home, Gaba, Tibet, 1924

A guide for Tibetan areas west of Titao, 1924

A monk, 1924

A priest and two Tibetan children, 1924

At sheepherders nomad camp, Tibet, 1924

Boy from village, Charka, Tibet, 1924

Charka, Tibet, 1924

Home above Hsininggchow, 1924

Kungtungshan shrine, 1924

Kungtungshan temple, 1924

Langchowfu governor's headquarters, lions at entrance to capitol courtyard, 1924

Langchowfu William Borden Memorial Hospital, patients and beds, 1924

Langchowfu, patients at leper hospital, 1924

Langchowfu, William Borden Memorial Hospital, 1924

Mountains on the way to Gaba, Tibet, 1924

Mountains on the way to Gaba, Tibet, 1924

Opium poppies in field, Tibet, 1924

Road from Langchowfu into mountains, 1924

Temple and monks, Charka, Tibet, 1924

Tibetan monastery temple, Charka, Tibet, 1924

Tibetan officials in enclosed litter, traveling to Peking, 1924

Tibetan priest, 1924

Tibetan priest, 1924

Tibetan visiting Langchowfu, 1924

Tibetans on their way to Lanchowfu, 1924

Tibetans visiting Langchowfu, 1924

Village girls with braids and jewelry, Charka, Tibet, 1924

Village of Gaba, Tibet, 1924

Villagers investigating visitors making lunch, Charka, Tibet, 1924


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