The Silver-Haired Midas: Kan Koam-Tsing, the Banker and Gold Dealer who backed South Sea Textile and Camelpaint

Kan Koam Tsing 1952 Photo

York Lo: The Silver-Haired Midas: Kan Koam-Tsing, the Banker and Gold Dealer who backed South Sea Textile and Camelpaint Bankers played a critical role in the post-war industrial development of Hong Kong and one particular financier – Kan Koam-tsing (簡鑑清) stood out. Owner of a Chinese bank bearing his name and a major player in the lucrative gold trade, Kan […]

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The Hong Kong Soya Bean Products Company…Vitasoy – manufactured in Hong Kong since 1940

Vitasoy Detail Undated Factory Photo Courtesy SCMP

One of our earliest articles was Linda Kernan’s, The Vitasoy Story, which was sent out in email Newsletter 6 in May 2013. A recent SCMP article provides further information about the company which was started in 1940 by Lo Kwee Seong as The Hong Kong Soya Bean Products Company. As this suggests, “It’s one of a few classic Hong Kong brands, […]

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Beer in Hong Kong – Part Six – the San Miguel Breweries at Sham Tseng and Yuen Long

San Miguel Brewery, Sham Tseng Courtesy San Mig SCMP

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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George Baker – an American Pioneer of the HK Electronics Industry

International Service Corporation 1963 Detail Advert Transistor Radio From IDJ

York Lo: George Baker – an American Pioneer of the HK Electronics Industry Several years ago I wrote an article for this group about Peter HT Woo, the “Father of the HK Electronics Industry”, whose radio assembler Champagne Engineering (founded in 1958 and later renamed Atlas Electronics) is often credited as the first electronics company in Hong Kong. Another early […]

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Samuel Cutler & Sons – Millwall, London and Telford, UK – maker of the Aberdeen gasometer

Samuel Cutler & Sons, Millwall, London, Advert Sept 1909, Grace's Guide

The prominent Towngas gasometer on the Aberdeen harbour front was erected in 1981 by Hong Kong United Engineering Ltd. though originally constructed by S Cutler & Sons of Telford, UK, on an unknown date. The Engineer 1968 Jan-Jun: Index has under Cutler & Sons Ltd., Samuel “Gasholder in steel tank ordered by Hong Kong & China Gas Co., C (726)”. […]

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Lee Wo Steelyard – Shanghai Street – probably last of its kind in Hong Kong

Lee Wo Steelyard, Image From Connie Fong, The Young Reporters Magazine 11.12.16

Connie Fong: “People in Hong Kong may come across traditional Chinese steelyards, a type of balance, in wet markets and Chinese medicine pharmacies. Yet only a few of them know the proper way to use one, though it was the optimal tool for measuring weight in the olden days. HF: I have tried to leave a comment at the end […]

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Wei Yit Vacuum Flask Manufactory and Camel Brand

Wei Yit Vacuum Flask Manufactory Founder Leung Tsoo Hing

York Lo: Wei Yit Vacuum Flask Manufactory and Camel brand In early April 2017, Apple Daily reported a resurgence of interest in the “Camel” brand of vacuum flasks in the local market thanks to its high quality and the interest in buying “Made in Hong Kong” products. (For those who can read Chinese, see links to below articles): http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20170304/19947161 http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20170304/19947163 http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20170304/19947173 […]

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Swire Duro Ltd – paint manufacturer

IDJ has sent the following, undated, brief account of Swire Duro Ltd: “Swire Duro Limited was for many years known in Hong Kong for its decorative and industrial coatings. However, while it continues to manufacture paint at its purpose-built factory on Tsing Yi Island, the bulk of its output now goes to the joint venture company, ICI Swire Paints Limited, […]

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Bakilly – the forgotten maker of perfumes, hair cream, toothpaste and other personal care products

Bakilly Image 1 Detail York Lo

York Lo:  Bakilly – the forgotten maker of perfumes, hair cream, toothpaste and other personal care products Founded in the 1910s, Bakilly (百家利) was a major local personal care product brand in Hong Kong for over half a century alongside firms such as Kwong Sang Hong, Sam Fong and Sincere. The firm produced a wide variety of personal care products […]

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Harry J Lowe, aka Huang Yang Yin 黃仰賢, co-founder of The National Lacquer and Paint Products Co Ltd

Harry J Lowe 1932 Image From NLPP Website

Anna Marie Lowe recently left a comment below our article, The National Lacquer and Paint Products Co Ltd. Anna is the granddaughter of Huang Yang-yin, 黃仰賢, aka Harry J. Lowe,co-founder of NLPP  and says he never lived in the United States, as claimed in the original  article though her father Huang Chu-chi and grandmother Mary Cang did. She met the other […]

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