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Image ID23973
TitleA would-be assassin, killed by his own bomb, Peking
CollectionShanghai Municipal Police
LocationBeijing
DateSunday 24 September 1905
PhotographerMa Yingbiao 馬應彪
Caption on original imageExecution of a Chinese Anarchist
Image typeTinted photograph
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Note(s)University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: pe-s04. This grim post card published by Kingsmill, Shanghai, was sent from China by Harold Peck, to Bob Peck in Birmingham, England, in c.1910. The somewhat wry (and misleading) message written on the card reads: 'If you don't write me at once my spirit will come and haunt you and Jess until you both wax exceeding fearful. Rather a ghastly P.C. this. You will notice they are lopping off the gentleman's hands and feet and generally messing him about. Quite playful aren't they? My love to you and your sweetheart. H.' Visit the Chinese Torture Supplices chinois web site (link: http://turandot.chineselegalculture.org/Photographs.php?ID=546&CF=1) for a full explanation of this image: This is a revolutionary/anarchist/terrorist bomber/suicide bomber, very likely Wu Yue 吳樾, who attacked a delegation of five ministers on 24 September 1905, while they were leaving Peking (Beijing) for a tour abroad to observe constitutional monarchies. The suicide bomber was instantly killed, and his hideously mangled body was photographed.  Later the image was said to depict the result of a lingchi execution, with captions such as 'hacked in piece'. The caption on this post card would more accurately be 'A would-be assassin, killed by his own bomb'. 
Keyword(s) [en]Peck ; crime ; assassination ; accident ; wounds ; fatality ; anarchism ; revolutionary ; Beijing
URLhttp://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%90%B4%E6%A8%BE_%28%E9%9D%A9%E5%91%BD%E5%AE%B6%29
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