Cosmos Aerated Water – in Hong Kong from 1947

Cosmos Aerated Water York Lo 1955 Advert 15 Cents A Bottle

York Lo: In the 1950s and 1960s, Cosmos Aerated Water (大同汽水廠) was a major soft drinks manufacturer in Hong Kong. The Wong family, which founded and managed Cosmos in HK, was also the founder and owner of Cosmos Bottling, which was the first and second largest soft drink manufacturer in the Philippines. The Cosmos story began in 1918 when Wong […]

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An Appraisal of the Squatter Factories Clearance Policy in Hong Hong, 1985

Squatter Factories Clearance Policy 1985 Image B Detail Dyeing Factory In Diamond Hill

Tsang King Man wrote a report for the Individual Planning Workshop in 1985, as part of the partial fulfillment for an MSc, titled An Appraisal of the Squatter Factories Clearance Policy in Hong Hong. The images included in the report were not of a high quality. Many thanks to IDJ for making them more presentable. They appear to be have been taken […]

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Aerated Water Companies in Hong Kong

HF:  Some initial notes on manufacturers and  suppliers of aerated water in Hong Kong. All linked articles are Indhhk Group unless otherwise stated. a) The China Aerated Water Company Ltd Incorporated 1930 Dissolved 17th February 1956 b) The Connaught Aerated Water Company Ltd, Hong Kong & China. Known as Connaught Aerated Soft Drinks & Beverages [factory] (Hong Kong) in 1906? […]

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Norman Young Sze-kuen, founder of Yuen Hing Hong & Company Ltd

Norman Young 1967 Image Detail A HK Album York Lo

Cecilia Young: My brothers and I are trying to gather information about my father’s company Yuen Hing Hong & Co. Ltd which he and my mother established in Hong Kong. My father was Norman Young Sze-kuen (born 26th September 1917) and mention is made of him in York Lo’s article, linked below, Chieng Han-chow – Father of the Hong Kong Plastic Industry, […]

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Lammert & Company – watchmakers, auctioneers and an 1858 murder

Lammert Bros Dteail Advert For SS Chekiang HK Telegraph 17.8.1923

“Lammert the auctioneers have a long history in Hong Kong. Their first association in Hong Kong was with the watchmaking trade. The transition form the watch to the auction hammer occurred as follows. One of the assistants in the watchmaking shop of Charles Weiss in 1852 was M Zobel. He is listed as a watchmaker from 1853 to 1855. In […]

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Dodwell & Company Ltd, 天祥洋行

Dodwell & Company (天祥洋行) was one of the leading British merchant firms, active in China and Japan during the 19th and 20th century. It was a direct rival to Jardine, Matheson & Co. “It was established in 1858 when W R Adamson and Company (silk dealers) set up in London, with its head office in Shanghai and branches in Hong Kong, […]

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The Stelux Group, founded HK 1963, manufacturer of watch components

Travis Ling: My uncle bought a brand new Tissot watch in 1969 before he left Hong Kong for college (and for good) in the States. The watch still has its original stainless steel band, marked “Kreisler Stelux Stainless Steel Made in Hong Kong” on the clasp , as shown below. I researched “Kreisler Stelux”and found that it was a popular brand […]

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Hong Kong Artificial Flower Works, San Po Kong, location of the start of the 1967 riots

Duncan Tong (唐鼎康) died a few years ago aged 103. He was a pioneer of the plastic flowers industry and owned the Hong Kong Artificial Flower Works in San Po Kong (and apparently not Li Ka-Shing as is often incorrectly reported) where the 1967 riots started. “The political struggle between the colonial government and the leftist camp started in a […]

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South China Iron Works – company staff in the 1950/60s

Antonia Cheung has already kindly sent information and images which appear in two articles. The first was about her father, Chang Don Chien 張敦潛, chief engineer South China Iron Works, 1948-1968. And the second about the company, The Story of the South China Iron Works as told by Chang Don Chien 張敦潛. Both are linked below. Here Antonia provides a list of the […]

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To Kwa Wan “Concrete Factory” during WW2 – Japanese expansion of Kai Tak airport

HF: Quite a while back Elizabeth Ride told me about an exhibition which included the following information forming part of a WW2 BAAG report. The subject of this exhibition and when it took place are unclear. Furthermore the date of the report is not known, though it must have been from 1943/44. The only reference is a code reading FDR/2B/59 written […]

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