Sunday, 31 August 2014

Serendipity Sunday - Who's Who in Asia

In another life (about 20 odd years ago) I worked for a company that shipped goods internationally, including to Japan. I had to learn about shipping methods, costs and schedules, export paper work, and international letters of credit.

While doing research I came across this book, and it made me think of that job I loved. 

Trading with the Far East : how to sell in the Orient : policies : methods : advertising : credits : financing : documents : deliveries ...

This book was published in New York in 1920 by the Irving National Bank. It gives not only information on trading in the east, but what the markets are like in different areas.

That led me to find a couple of other  companion books, one being Who's Who in the Far East - 1906-1907 - a Directory that lists names and short bios of important Western and Eastern people in Asia, some being from Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand. This directory was published in HongKong and made available through agents in New York and London. There is also a short commentary about New South Wales, the "Mother State of the Australias".

The other is titled European Settlements in the Far East:

China, Japan, Corea, Indo-China, Straits Settlements, Malay States, Siam, Netherlands, India, Borneo, the Philippines, etc - Published in New York in 1900, with maps and illustrations.

If you had ancestors that travelled to Asia at that time, for work or pleasure, these are names of places they may have visited.


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