Mabel Haynes was born in Shanghai in
1918, and lived and worked in Shanghai and Hong Kong until 1949, when she and her
husband fled from the new Communist regime. The collection consists of items collected
by Haynes related to Shanghai and the Old China Hands experience, including
correspondence, articles, and photographs.
Mabel (Bloomfield) Haynes was born in Shanghai in 1918, to a British-Jewish father and a
Japanese mother. She was one of six children, and attended the Shanghai Jewish School
and the Public School for Girls on Yu Yuen Road. After graduating, Haynes began working
at Andersen, Meyer & Company, a company that represented various manufacturers in
China. She worked in their Hong Kong office for three years, before returning to
Shanghai in 1941 to be closer to her family in the wake of World War II. As a British
citizen, she lost her job when the Japanese invaded Shanghai, and was eventually sent to
the Lunghwa internment camp along with two of her siblings in August of 1944. After the
camps were liberated she worked as a secretary for the American military, and got
married. She and her husband stayed in Shanghai until the Communists took over in 1949,
whereupon they moved to Australia, and eventually ended up in Los Angeles, California.
Haynes has remained active in the Old China Hands community, even helping put on an Old
China Hands reunion in Anaheim in 1996.
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