The Tales of the Two Smart Shirts – Standard Shirts Dyeing, Weaving & Finishing Mills and Smart Shirts Manufacturers Ltd

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York Lo: The Tales of the Two Smart Shirts – Standard Shirts Dyeing, Weaving & Finishing Mills and Smart Shirts Manufacturers Ltd In the history of the garment industry in Hong Kong after WWII, there are two “Smart Shirts” and both had ties to Shanghai. The first “Smart Shirt” (司麥脫) is a popular shirt brand made by Standard Shirts Dyeing, Weaving […]

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Newspaper hawkers- the decline in number, licences no longer being issued

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HF:  “Newspaper hawker licences are no longer being issued, the government confirmed Wednesday. Amid the impending demise of dai pai dong – the practice of selling cheap food in open-air stalls – Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said the government had not issued newspaper hawker licences “under normal circumstances” since 2000 and had no plans to issue […]

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Unsung Kingmakers – the low-key Song Brothers who conquered the Shanghai Bund and Victoria Harbor and backed the development of several key industries in post-War Hong Kong

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York Lo: Unsung Kingmakers – the low-key Song Brothers who conquered the Shanghai Bund and Victoria Harbor and backed the development of several key industries in post-War Hong Kong Obituary of V.K. Song (Source: Wah Kiu Yat Po, 1960-10-31) York adds: Wendy Song, VJ Song’s granddaughter has kindly given permission to include two photographs of VK Song in this updated version […]

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Diana Cameras – Great Wall Plastics Factory 1955 – production information needed

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HF: There is a great deal out there about Diana Cameras but almost nothing on where they were made apart from at Great Wall Plastics Factory, Kowloon Bay starting in 1955. Or ironically photographs of the factory, production, workers etc. Can you tell us more about Great Wall Plastics Factory and the manufacturing of Holga Cameras in Hong Kong? During […]

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Holga Cameras – Universal Optical Industry / Universal Electronics Industries – production information needed

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HF: There is a vast amount out there about Hong Kong made Holga cameras which have cult status. This information concerns the cameras and the photographs they take. There is however very little detail about where exactly they were made or ironically photographs of the factory, production, workers etc. Can you tell us more about the manufacturing of Holga Cameras […]

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The SS Ting Sang – Port Glasgow built, first owner, Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.

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Our article,BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, October 1942, ship repair, maintenance and movements,linked below, mentions that the “Tin Shan formerly Jardines vessel is also undergoing repairs [in Shamshuipo – but these two words are almost illegible] Dock. Source 68 [word and number handwritten] Stephen Davies: The ship is actually the Ting Sang or, in most databases, Tingsang. Jardines usually had […]

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BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, October 1942, ship repair, maintenance and movements

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Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS No.8) dated 9th October 1942. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during the very end of September 1942 (and possibly into October). These reports also describes time spent by vessels undergoing […]

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Beer in Hong Kong – Part Five – the Hong Kong Brewery and Distillery Ltd 1936-1947

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Martyn Cornell has kindly given permission for extracts from his article, A Short History of Beer in Hong Kong, to be posted on our website. The article was published in the Journal of the Brewery History Society, Brewery History, Issue 156, 2012 Martyn has his own blog, Zythophile – Beer now and then, linked below. Despite its title the article is […]

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BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Koto Maru ex S.S. Fatshan, built at Taikoo Docks

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Elizabeth Ride has British Army Aid Group (BAAG) records of shipping movements for 1944-45 in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two. These provide information not only about the ships themselves but what cargo was being brought into and out of Hong Kong during the latter stages of WW2, passengers carried, and of godowns, docks etc that were […]

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