South Manchuria Railway Company/Fushun Colliery, 1914. Printed wrapper. Item #43397
"Following the Japanese victory over Czarist Russia in the Russo-Japanese War and the signing of the Treaty of Portsmouth in 1905, the southernmost section of the southern branch of the China Far East Railway (Changchun-Port Arthur) was transferred to Japanese control. A new, semi-privately held company, the South Manchuria Railway Company (SMR, Mantetsu, was established with 85.6 percent capitalization by the Japanese government and foreign bonds to operate the railroad and to develop settlements (including highways, public health facilities, educational institutions,) and industries (coal mines, harbor facilities, electrical power plants, shale oil plants, chemical plants, and restaurants) along its route. SMR nonetheless emphasized railway and mining investment. The centerpiece of its mining interests was the Fushun Coal Mine." [quoted from cross-currents dot berkeley dot edu/e-journal/issue-16] 21 pages describing the historic Fushun colliery, its equipment, type of coal which is of superior quality, and production. Large folded color geological map (90 × 63 cm, 35 x 25 in) of the colliery bound in the rear, showing pits and shafts. Bound in original blue stiff paper covers printed in black. Six inch tear to the map professionally repaired. Short split at the head and base of the spine. A very good copy.