The Riches to Rags to Riches Sagas of Li Po-lung (李寶龍) and his son Li Shiu-chung (李兆忠)

Li Shui Chung Empire Theatre In The 1950s (Source Cinematreasures.org )York Lo

York Lo: Several articles have been posted on the Group’s website about American shipbuilder George U. Sands and his shipyard in Kennedy Town which eventually ended up in the hands of the family of Li Sing, the richest man in Hong Kong at the turn of the 20th century. Several years ago, I wrote an article about Li Sing and two […]

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The Hong Kong Rattan Industry and some of its key historical players

Rattan Industry Image 20 York Lo

York Lo: The Hong Kong Rattan Industry and some of its key historical players Rattan is one of the oldest industries in Hong Kong and astute merchants and skilled craftsmen in southern China had long profited from importing rattan cane from Southeast Asia (the majority from Indonesia with the remainder from Malaysia, Burma and the Philippines), weaving them into beautiful […]

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Kelly Brothers Manufacturing Factory, Pre-War Garment Pioneer

Kelly Bros Mfg Factory Detail B Image 1 York Lo

York Lo – Kelly Brothers Manufacturing Factory, Pre-War Garment Pioneer   Kelly Brothers 1953 advert Source: IDJ Founded in 1925, Kelly Brothers Manufacturing Factory (嘉綸兄弟織造) was one of the oldest garment manufacturers in Hong Kong, producing sport shirts, T-shirts, singlets, pullovers, vests etc under the “Spot”, “Anchor”, “Athlet” and “Lightning” brands. The brothers in the firm’s name refer to its […]

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Island Paint, Kin Kwok Lacquer and HK Paint Products – the three Forgotten Players of the HK Paint Industry

Hong Kong Paint Products Loke Yung Cheong York Lo

York Lo: Island Paint, Kin Kwok Lacquer and HK Paint Products – the three Forgotten Players of the HK Paint Industry A few articles in this group have touched on the HK paint industry, especially China Paint, Camel Paint and Swire Duro which are still active. This article will shed more light on three prominent players which has since faded […]

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Corney & Co – Glass Merchant and Mirror Manufacturer

R Corney Detail B Ad From The 1955 HKBCA Year Book York Lo

York Lo: Corney & Co – Glass Merchant and Mirror Manufacturer Established in 1902 (although not formally incorporated til 1921), R. Corney & Co Ltd (明新有限公司) was a leading glass merchant and mirror manufacturer in Hong Kong which produced glassware, mirrors, light fixtures and other glass-related products. Despite its long history, limited information is available about the firm. A R.Corney […]

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Hop Sing Lung Oyster Sauce (合勝隆)

Hop Sing Lung Oyster Sauce On Catchick Street In Kennedy Town York Lo

York Lo: Hop Sing Lung Oyster Sauce (合勝隆) When it comes to oyster sauce, most consumers automatically think of Lee Kum Kee (李錦記) given its dominant market share and in fact Lee Kum Kee’s founder Lee Kum-sheung is often credited as the one who “accidentally” invented oyster sauce in 1888 in Nansui (南水), Zhuhai when he left his oyster soup simmering […]

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China Dispensary: Maker of Pinocine (白蘿仙) and Dermoline (丹杜蓮)

China Dispensary Li Po Kwai Source Shanghai Library 1925 York Lo

York Lo: China Dispensary: Maker of Pinocine (白蘿仙) and Dermoline (丹杜蓮) For almost half a century, Pinocine Building stood in the heart of Central business district at 80-82 Queen’s Road Central and was known for the many medical practices that were tenants. The building was developed in 1964 by China Dispensary (中華大藥房), a leading local manufacturer of Western medicine in Hong […]

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Liang Meng-Tsi – HK Paint Industry Pioneer

Liang Meng Tsi Detail Image Of LMT From 1967 HK Album York Lo

York Lo – Liang Meng-Tsi – HK Paint Industry Pioneer Liang Meng-tsi (梁孟齊, 1902-1972) was an important figure in the history of the paint industry in Hong Kong. A US-trained chemist, Liang was a leading expert in paint technology in China and was involved in the founding of China Paint in 1932, Duro Paint (with backing of the Lee Hysan […]

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Chun Hing Bakery, Biscuit & Confectionery Manufactory

Chun HIng Detail Image 2 York Lo

York Lo: Chun Hing Bakery, Biscuit & Confectionery Manufactory  Founded in 1926, Chun Hing Bakery, Biscuit & Confectionery Manufactory (振興糖果餅乾公司, the Chinese name reflects the reverse order – confectionery, biscuit and bakery) was one of the leading biscuit & confectionery firms in Hong Kong alongside Garden, Yan Chim Kee, On Lok Yuen and M.P. San. The firm’s founder Ho Chi-Wong (何智煌, […]

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The Patriotic Sauce Maker: Chong Sing-chong and Oriental Soy & Canning

Oriental Soy & Canning Detail Booth At The HK Products Expo Source CMA York Lo

York Lo: The Patriotic Sauce Maker: Chong Sing-chong and Oriental Soy & Canning From the 1930s to the 1960s, Oriental Soy & Canning Co Ltd (東方醬油罐頭有限公司) was a leading manufacturer of soy sauce and canned goods in Hong Kong. In fact, it was the largest player in its industry before being surpassed by Amoy Canning in the 1950s. The founder […]

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