Vintage Formosa featured on FTV News

FTV English News reportFormosa Television’s English-language news last night did a short feature on the Taiwan Pictures Digital Archive (aka Vintage Formosa or The report included an interview with Marc who collected the images and designed the site. It also juxtaposed some of the historical images with footage of present day Taipei. You can see the video of the report on the FTV website (embedded video may not be compatible with some browsers or operating sytems).

Taihoku Railway Station photo

Marc has put a huge amount of working into building up the archive of photos. The website currently hosts about 4,500 images. The site had just 1,000 images when we launched it in March 2008 and 3,200 photos when it was redesigned in July 2010. Please spend some time browsing through the site at

4 thoughts on “Vintage Formosa featured on FTV News

  1. Well done both of you! I love that site but it makes me sad to see how much has been torn down and built over. There used to be lots of space in Taiwan’s towns and cities!

  2. That’s a great story, and I have enjoyed looking through that on-line photo archive for several years.

    Not that anyone would care or even notice, but it is funny that that they would make such a big error regarding the locations of one of the photos they featured in the piece.

    The photo that the female announcer describes as DiHua street is obviously not DiHua street. DiHua was never that broad a street. That photo was taken in the area between 228 park and XiMenDing, probably (present-day) HengYang Rd., intersecting either BoAi or ChongQing South roads.

  3. Thanks for picking up that details Scott. I thought it didn’t really look like Dihua Street, but I wasn’t sure where it was.

  4. The color postcard used in the news feature is marked “本町通”, which (after a couple of minutes of searching) I am reminded is present day ChongChing South Rd. The photo is taken looking north, at about HengYang Rd. (a couple of blocks north of the President’s Office Building). Period maps also label that section of the downtown area as “本町”, and the Japanese-era maps labeled in romanji mark that road as “Hon-Machi”.

    Here’s another period photo of the same view of ChongQing S. Rd.

    Just found this— scroll down to see a mid- to late-1930s video of downtown Taipei, which shows the main train station and the Railway Hotel, among other sites:

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