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The E-Sylum: Volume 21, Number 6, February 11, 2019, Article 3

BOOK: CHATS ABOUT OLD INVOICES

The Chinese Money Matters blog is written by Helen Wang, Curator of East Asian Money, Dept of Coins and Medals, The British Museum. This week she discusses a Chinese web site called The Invoice Museum, and a 2007 book about them. -Editor

Chats about Old Invoices book cover

Styling itself as “the only online invoice museum in China” and hosted on the Hebei Taxpayers website, The Invoice Museum ????? is a digital catalogue of part of a private collection of over 2000 invoices. The collection belongs to Mr GAO Xianzhou ??? who works in tax in Hebei province.

Gao started collecting invoices in 2000, and his collection includes pieces from the Qing dynasty and Republican period. In the screenshot above, the note at top-left is dated 1722 (Kangxi 61). As his collection grew, and he developed expertise, Gao wrote Chats about Old Invoices «?????», published by the China Tax Publishing House in May 2007. He is currently writing a new book – A Hundred Years of Invoices in China «??????» – about the evolution and development of invoices in more recent times.

To visit THE INVOICE MUSEUM, see:
http://www.hbnsr.cn/web/invoiceList.aspx

To read the complete article, see:
THE INVOICE MUSEUM (https://chinesemoneymatters.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/the-invoice-museum/)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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