Thomas De La Rue and Co, UK – Hong Kong banknote manufacturer, 1984-1996

De La Rue plc is a banknote manufacturer, security printing, and papermaking company with headquarters in Basingstoke Hampshire, England. It currently also has a factory on the Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, and other facilities at Loughton, Essex and Bathford, Somerset all also in England. From 1984 to 1996 Thomas De La Rue plc operated a HK banknote printing plant in […]

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The Rise and Fall of Letterpress printing in Hong Kong

HF: Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper. A worker composes and locks movable type into the “bed” or “chase” of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it […]

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Thomas De La Rue plc, – HK banknote printing plant, Tai Po 1984 to 1996

HF: In order for the Hong Kong Government to be more closely involved in the production of Hong Kong dollar currency notes, an agreement was reached with Thomas De La Rue plc (DLR) in January 1996 to purchase its note printing plant in Tai Po. Established in 1984, this plant has been producing Hong Kong dollar currency notes for the […]

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

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

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

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.

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

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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Alexander MacDonald – Kowloon Dock Police Inspector 1960-1965

Alexander Booth MacDonald: I stayed between Kowloon Docks, Hung Hom & Tai Kok Tsui when I was a young boy say between 5 to 10 years of age. My now deceased father, Alexander Macdonald served with the Kowloon Dockyard as a Dockyard Police Inspector from 1960 to 1965 when he tendered his resignation. Alexander has kindly sent the following images. […]

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