People outside the bomb-damaged Great World Entertainment Centre (大世界), Shanghai, August 1937
© 2013 Barbara Merchant
University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: Hn-n18. The Great World Entertainment Centre (大世界) was on the corner of Avenue Edward VII (now Yan’an Road) and Yu Ya Ching Road (now Middle Xizang Road). It was damaged due to bombing on 14 August 1937. Chinese bombers were apparently trying to bomb the Japanese cruiser Idzumo (Izumo) moored alongside the Japanese Consulate, when bombs fell between the Cathay and Palace Hotels in Nanking Road (南京路), and also struck dense crowds outside the Great World Entertainment Centre (大世界) in the French Concession. Approximately 2000 people were killed by the bombing on 14th August 1937, known as ‘Bloody Saturday’. See AL-s61, AL-s63, Hn-n10, Hn-n11 and Hn-n17.
Black and white photograph