The Four Taxi Kings – Blue, Central, New and Star

Taxi, Four Kings Image 2 Detail York Lo

York Lo: The Four Taxi Kings – Blue, Central, New and Star From the 1920s to 1960s, taxicab service in Hong Kong was heavily regulated with medallions only awarded to taxicab companies rather than individuals and as a result, the industry was dominated by a few firms. Among these firms, the four most prominent were Blue, Central, New and Star and […]

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The Three Kings of Biscuits – M.Y. San, M.P. San and Pacific

Biscuits, Three Kings Of, Image 11The Pacific Biscuit Factory In Shau Kiwan York Lo

York Lo: The Three Kings of Biscuits – M.Y. San, M.P. San and Pacific In the history of the biscuit and confectionery industry in Hong Kong, M.Y. San, M.P. San and Pacific Biscuit & Confectionery were three prominent firms which shared a common root – they were all started by members of a Filipino Chinese family hailed from Zhongshan (formerly […]

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Sir Paul Chater – connected to several major Hong Kong companies

Chater, Sir Paul Detail Image Wikipedia

‘A biography of Sir Paul Chater would be a history of Hong Kong’, the South China Morning Post obituary stated on 28 May 1926, Arriving as an impecunious but ambitious and extremely capable teenager, he was later to be described by the Sunday Times of London, ‘as one of the most powerful and…most beneficent figures in the Empire’. [This article […]

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Shanghainese Builders in HK (Part Six) – Ahong and Chinney

Shanghainese Builders 6 York Lo Detail James Wong Centre Of Ahong Signing The Shun Hing Group As An Electrical Subcontractor For The Gloucester Tower Project

York Lo: Shanghainese Builders in HK (Part Six) – Ahong and Chinney Ahong and Chinney are two Shanghainese builders in Hong Kong who trace their roots back to pre-War Shanghai and are controlled by two families which share the same last name – Wong.  Ahong followed the interesting path of moving first from Shanghai to British Malaya in the 1930s […]

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Louis (Ludwig) Heerman, watchmaker, Queen’s Road, 1858-?

Charles Weiss HBRAS Detail Louis Heerman

Carl Smith wrote a lengthy article, The German Speaking Community in Hong Kong 1846-1918, published in the the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong Branch, 1994. The article mentions several people and companies involved, mid-19th century, in the business of selling chronometers and watches in HK. Were these actually made here or in Europe? It seems unlikely that […]

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Winsome Plastic Works – Wanchai and Shau Kei Wan, 1950s, photos

Winsome Plastic Works Detail Image 2 From Cecilia Young

York Lo has sent this 1954 newspaper article about Winsome Plastic Works. Cecilia Young, daughter of co-founders Mr & Mrs Young Sze Kuen, has translated it. She has also kindly sent photographs from her family archives. Many thanks to IDJ for upgrading the latter. “Winsome Plastics Works was first established and managed by Mrs YOUNG Sze Kuen (a Po Leung […]

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Gibb, Livingston & Company Ltd, established in HK 1841, shipping lines and insurance

“In the course of a recent research through some old records, the name of another of Hongkong’s pioneer firms was noticed, that of Gibb, Livingston and Company, who came here in the first year of the Colony’s foundation. The firm can indeed claim to be one of the oldest in this part of the world, at they commenced business in […]

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Annie Lam Young, co-founder of Yuen Hing Hong & Company Ltd

Annie Lam Young Smaller Version 1967 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, Annie Lam Young, established in Hong Kong in the late 1940s. York Lo has sent information about Annie Lam Young from her biography in the HK Album 1967 which has been adapted for inclusion here: She […]

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