These two extremely rare original photos of Chinese Commander-in-Chief Chiang Kai-shek were sold by Britannic Auctions for $700.
Each Chiang Kai-shek portrait measures 7” x 5” inches. The photos were captured in the 1920s by photographer Merl La Voy, whose stamp appears on verso.
Chiang Kai-shek in the 1920s
Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975) was a pivotal figure in modern Chinese history. He led the Kuomintang and fought against warlords and communists in the 1920s. Married to Soong Mei-ling, he later became president of the Republic of China and faced challenges during the Chinese Civil War, eventually fleeing to Taiwan in 1949.
Chiang Kai-shek’s actions during the early 1920s were instrumental in shaping the political and military landscape in China. His leadership and the events of this period laid the foundation for his subsequent role as the leader of the Republic of China and his ongoing involvement in Chinese politics and history.
The National Revolutionary Army, under Chiang Kai-shek’s leadership, played a central role in the complex and tumultuous period of Chinese history, marked by civil wars, foreign invasions, and the eventual separation of the People’s Republic of China on the mainland and the Republic of China on Taiwan.
Photographed by Merl La Voy
Merl La Voy was an American photographer known for his work primarily in the mid-20th century. While he may not be as widely recognized as some other photographers, he is noted for capturing images of landscapes, people, and scenes from various parts of the United States. La Voy’s photography often focused on documenting everyday life and the beauty of the American countryside.