Messrs. Shewan, Tomes & Co – further information

HF: Shewan, Tomes & Co. was one of the leading trading companies in Hong Kong and China during the late 19th and early 20th century. When Russell & Co., then one of the largest mercantile firms in the Far East, went out of business in 1891, former employees Scotsman Robert Shewan and Englishman Charles Alexander Tomes took over the remains of the operation and changed […]

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Joe MacDonald – Asiatic Petroleum employee, China/HK late 1930s

Joe MacDonald was Ian Brown’s father’s cousin. Ian has sent both information about and photos of Mr MacDonald who worked for Asiatic Petroleum in China and in all probability Hong Kong during the late 1930s. He appears to have travelled quite a bit during his time in the former and may well have lived and worked in Shanghai. This undated photo […]

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Tyco (HK) Ltd – toymaker, 1976 photos, can you identify the personnel?

Philip Edward Kenny has sent a link to a set of photos on Flikr of employees and equipment inside the Tyco (HK) “factory” building in 1976. He believes these photos were uploaded by Doug Price. And if you are any of these people, or know who they are, it would be great to hear from you: Hugh Farmer indhhk [at] gmail […]

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The Construction of the Bank Of China Tower – don’t look down!

IDJ:  The Bank of China Tower houses the headquarters of Bank of China Hong Kong. Designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, the 70-storey building’s height is 315 meters with two masts reaching 369 meters. Construction began in 1985 and was completed in 1989, with its official opening on 17 May 1990. It was the first building outside of North America to […]

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Kruse & Co – HK importers of cigars – Imperia del Mundo Manila cigars

HF: This article has been extracted from Twentieth Century Impressions…All images are attached to the article. I cannot find any information about the “Imperia del Mundo” Manila cigars mentioned in the article or the “special brand known as El Oriente”. “It was in 1868 that Mr. Kruse, a shrewd man of business, laid the foundation of the extensive import trade […]

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The German Speaking Community in Hong Kong 1846-1918 – Part Two

HF: Vol. 34 of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch published in 1994 contains a lengthy article about German speakers in Hong Kong and of the companies they were involved in. It was written by Carl Smith. I am familiar with only a small number of these companies and even fewer of those persons working for […]

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Hong Kong trading agents 1953 – nearly 60 companies

IDJ has sent the following trade adverts from 1953 for Hong Kong importers and exporters/buying and selling agents. Included are also companies who are advertising their own products. As information comes in each will be given their own article. Any related Inddhk articles are linked under the company name. Allied Trading Company Incorporated 30th June 1953 Dissolved 5th December 1958 […]

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Richard Charles Lee – involvement in HK & China Gas, HK Tube and Metal Products (Peng Chau) and many other companies…

HF: Richard Charles Lee (b. 7th March 1905, d. 6th July 1983) was the son of Lee Hysan (1881-1928). The story of his life can be found in the book written by his daughter Vivienne Poy, Building Bridges: The Life & Times of Richard Charles Lee, linked below which as you will see can be read online. Lee had extensive […]

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Agência Comercial “Progresso” Ltd – supplementary information

Mike T: Courtesy of the South China Morning Post’s “Taking control” by Neil Gough, Sunday, 13 February, 2011: “In 1949, on the eve of the Korean war, Ho incorporated a firm in Hong Kong to oversee his various import and export trades, Agencia Comercial Progresso (ACP). In August 1959, the US Commerce Department banned Ho and ACP from dealing in American […]

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