Shanghai, 1933


From 玲瓏 (Linglong) Magazine, Issue 88 (March 22, 1933)

Caption (rtl in original):
姊妹們讓我們聯合起來吧 (Trad.)
姊妹们让我们联合起来吧 (Simp.)
Zǐmèimen ràng wǒmen liánhé qǐlái ba
Sisters, let’s stand united!

Trad Simp Pinyin English
zǐ* older sister
mèi younger sister
姊妹 姊妹 zǐmèi sisters
men [plural marker for individuals]
ràng to permit
I, me
我們 wǒmen we, us
lián to ally, to unite
to join, together
聯合 liánhé unite, alliance
to rise, to start
lái to come, to arrive
起來 qǐlai to stand up, to get up
ba [suggestion particle]
  • 姊 is apparently pronounced “jiě” in Taiwan, presumably conflated with 姐 (jiě), which also means “older sister”.

The caption is perhaps a tongue-in cheek reference to the Communist Manifesto:
全世界無產者聯合起來 (Trad.)
全世界无产者联合起来 (Simp.)
Quánshìjiè wúchǎnzhě liánhé qǐlái
world-wide proletariat (lit. propertyless ones) unite stand-up!
Workers of the world, unite!
Proletarier aller Länder, vereinigt euch!

I don’t think there is any context for the photo. I personally chose to believe that those four went around solving mysteries together.


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