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Old Shanghai bath tokens (YMCA)
« on: January 22, 2013, 03:54:08 AM »
Dear all,

Recently I found some interesting information about Young Men's Christian Association of China and also would like to show you what kind of Shanghai branch of this association used bath tokens in old Shanghai. The are 2 varieties of this token, which is nicek-plated copper. The diameter is 2,1cm. I do not collect these type of old Shanghai tokens but I think the information which I found in Chinese and my poor English translation will catch your attention.

BTW, please notice, that one token is all in Chinese and the other is has one side in Chinese and the other in English. On photos below you can see both varieties, one is punched, which suggests that it was used already (that someone already took a bath)

Enjoy!:)

(My poor English Translation):

[YMCA]

    Shanghai YMCA (The Young Men's Christian Association of Shanghai) was founded in Qing Guangxu 25 years (1900), is a worldwide Christian nature, social service organizations to promote voluntary movement. Previously, Guangxu 20 years, the North American Association received the joint invitation of the seven missionaries in Shanghai, Pirlo righteous thinking (RELewis) to carry out the work of the Shanghai City YMCA. Cao Xue Geng Road righteous thinking China first coached in the Central and Western College assistant, and invited more than a dozen community Yan Huiqing, Huang Zuo Ting, Song Yao as Broadway Road, the road meaning homesick discuss Youth accomplishment in problem. January 6 Guangxu 20 years, these people of the Board and the establishment of the Shanghai YMCA by Museum Road, Royal Asiatic Society, the name at the time Huang Zuo Ting and Yan Huiqing, vice president of the Shanghai Christian Chinese YMCA, the Board of Directors elected, Cao Xue the Gung-headed any Chinese Director-General. YMCA was established after the first in North Suzhou Road, (today City, Post Office nearby) rental housing with reading room, boarding houses and offices, get the big developers Hartung help moved a few months later the bustling Nanjing Road (now food shops nearby). Guangxu twenty-nine years, club expanded again to move to Beijing Road, Jiangxi intersection.
    Due to the the Way Road righteous thinking in the United States, Shanghai YMCA in Hong Kong Road, Sichuan Road (Beijing intersection between) the establishment of a formal clubhouse. Eight Immortals Bridge is located in Montigny Yam Road (South Tibet) the YMCA clubs in 18 years (1929) in October under construction and completed three years, with a total cost of about 100 million. Sichuan Road club after the completion of the new clubhouse is known as a branch. The Shanghai YMCA activities flourished, requirements for about 30 million years.
Shanghai YMCA since Guangxu 30 years to implement a membership system, members pay a different amount of contributions by different categories. Annual recruitment activities in the early 1930s, launched the social celebrities pledges sponsored by the ministry. The National Government dignitaries Sun Ke, HH Kung, Wu Tiecheng, Zhengting, Zhang Jiafu so served as recruitment total captain or directors.
    The the the Shanghai YMCA earliest publication founded in Shanghai Guangxu twenty-three years, "of privately Monthly, later renamed the" YMCA newspaper, 10 years, another record publication "Shanghai Youth.
    Shanghai YMCA to serve the community, benefit society "for the purpose," not to be served but to serve "the spirit of Christ will be training for the youth yesterday, the youth of today and tomorrow's youth, to promote the physical and moral The group of all-round development, promote positive life.
    After the "September 18 Incident" in 1931, the part of the membership had initiated the organization of people singing activities to arouse the youth anti-Japanese national salvation enthusiasm. After the liberation, the form of corporate members to join the All-China Youth Federation.

Below in Chinese (original information):

【上海基督教青年会】

    上海基督教青年会(The Young Men's Christian Association of Shanghai)创立于清光绪二十五年(1900年),是一个世界性的、基督教性质的、推动志愿运动的社会服务团体。此前,光绪二十四年,北美协会接到上海7名传教士的联名邀请,派路义思(R.E.Lewis)来开展上海城市青年会的工作。路义思来华后先请在中西书院执教的曹雪赓为助手,并邀请颜惠庆、黄佐庭、宋曜如等十多名社会人士在百老汇路的路义思家中研讨青年修养问题。光绪二十六年1月6日这些人组成董事会并借博物院路皇家亚洲学会成立上海青年会,当时的名称为上海基督教中国青年会,董事会推举黄佐庭和颜惠庆为正、副会长,曹雪赓为首任华人总干事。青年会成立后先在北苏州路(今市邮政局附近)租赁房屋,内设阅览室、寄宿舍和办公室,数月后得到大地产商哈同的帮助迁到繁华的南京路(今第一食品商店附近)。光绪二十九年,会所再次扩大迁往北京路江西路口。
    由于路义思在美国的劝募,上海青年会在四川路(北京路口香港路之间)建立了正式的会所。坐落在敏体尼荫路(今西藏南路)的八仙桥青年会会所于民国18年(1929年)10月动工兴建,3年后落成,总耗资约100万元。新会所落成后四川路会所被称为分会。此时上海青年会的活动兴盛,年需经费约30余万元。
上海青年会自光绪三十四年起实行会友制,会友按不同类别缴纳金额不同的会费。30年代初每年举办征募活动,发动社会各界名流认捐赞助该会事工。国民政府政要孙科、孔祥熙、吴铁城、王正廷、张嘉甫等都担任过征募总队长或董事等。
    上海青年会最早刊物是光绪二十三年在上海创刊的《学塾月报》,后改称《青年会报》,民国10年另创刊物《上海青年》。
    上海青年会以“服务社会、造福人群”为宗旨,以“非以役人、乃役于人”的基督精神为会训,面向昨天的青年、今天的青年和明天的青年,促进德智体群全面发展,倡导积极人生。
    1931年“九一八”事变后,该会部分会员曾发起举办民众歌咏活动,以唤起青年抗日救国热情。解放后,该会以团体会员形式加入中华全国青年联合会。

Some information about YMCA:
http://ricci.rt.usfca.edu/institution/view.aspx?institutionID=613

Literature were you can find this YMCA old Shanghai bath token:

1)Hu & Sun - Shanghai Tokens; Extensive text (Chinese), plus 170 tokens illustrated, rarity guide.  107p+31pl, sc, 1991

2)The Chips and Coupons in Old Shanghai; Mainly color plates of coupons and metallic tokens including brothel coins, gambling, amusement, bar, liquor, restauranat, bread & transportation in 30 chapters by type. Shanghai was China's foreign enclave, thus many items have western script. Gorgeous phoography complemented by old photos of shops and street scenes. Chinese text with English chapter headings.   279p, 8.5x11.5", hc, 2005
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Re: Old Shanghai bath tokens (YMCA)
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2013, 05:24:37 AM »
In this book:
Hu & Sun - Shanghai Tokens; Extensive text (Chinese), plus 170 tokens illustrated, rarity guide.
page nr 52-52 and 125 you can find information about this token...(photo nr: P1020884)

In Ma Chuande book: "Coinage in Shanghai Bound" 1999 you can find also some informaton about this token on page nr: 489-490 (photo nr: P1020859)
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Re: Old Shanghai bath tokens (YMCA)
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2013, 05:28:21 AM »
Sorry guys, this is for this post:
http://china-mint.info/forum/index.php?topic=7927.0

In this book:
Hu & Sun - Shanghai Tokens; Extensive text (Chinese), plus 170 tokens illustrated, rarity guide.
page nr 52-52 and 125 you can find information about this token...(photo nr: P1020884)

In Ma Chuande book: "Coinage in Shanghai Bound" 1999 you can find also some informaton about this token on page nr: 489-490 (photo nr: P1020859)
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Re: Old Shanghai bath tokens (YMCA)
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2013, 09:06:12 AM »
In this book:
Hu & Sun - Shanghai Tokens; Extensive text (Chinese), plus 170 tokens illustrated, rarity guide.
page nr 53-54-55 and 125-126 you can find information about those tokens.
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Re: Old Shanghai bath tokens (YMCA)
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2013, 10:24:05 AM »
Over here:
http://archive.org/stream/cu31924023217825/cu31924023217825_djvu.txt

I also found some information about YMCA:

Young Men's Christian Association of Shanghai

Under one management are the Foreign Association and the
Chinese Association and the Student's Association. For many
years there had been an association, but without a local
habitation and club house.

169

Y.M.C.A.

Under Mr. R. E. Lewis, of the International Y.M.C.A.
Committee, the present associations were formed and premises
secured, for the rent of which a generous guarantee fund of
Tls. 4,000 per annum for four years was raised.

The Chinese Y.M.C.A. is doing excellent work at its
rooms in Peking Road. We are mostly concerned here with
the Foreign Association. Its handsome premises are situated in
1, Jinkee Road (off the Bund between the Peking and Nanking
Roads).

Dining- and reading-rooms and office are on the ground
floor, and upstairs are the drawing-room, reading- and billiard-
rooms. Above are residential rooms.

Larger premises are urgently needed for the large member-
ship of 400. Classes are organised. A debating society is
connected with the association, as well as cricket, football,
and tennis clubs, for which a small subscription is charged
in addition to the monthly subscription of $2. Annual
athletic sports are held, which are very well managed, and are
quite a feature in the athletic life of Shanghai.

The association is under the management of directors
and executive committee. The power of voting and
holding office is, as usual in Y.M.C.A.'s, vested in the
" active members " only — i.e. those who are members of
orthodox Protestant Churches ; other members have all the
privileges of the association except that of voting and holding
office.
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Re: Old Shanghai bath tokens (YMCA)
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2013, 12:26:12 PM »
Here is some interesting information which I found about this token:

http://www.awu168.com/%e8%80%81%e4%b8%8a%e6%b5%b7ymca%e7%9a%84%e5%85%a5%e6%b5%b4%e8%ad%89/
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Re: Old Shanghai bath tokens (YMCA)
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2013, 07:13:25 AM »
Information about Y.M.C.A. are also included in "Twentieth Century Impressions of Hongkong, Shanghai, and other Treaty Ports of China 1908" - edited by Arnold Wright on page 391.
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