Alhambra Watch (平安表行)

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York Lo: Alhambra Watch (平安表行) Left: Chiu Chun-fai (left) and Luk Ying-tai at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Shanghai Street store of Alhambra Watch in 1958 (WKYP, 1958-8-17); Right: Omtis’ congratulatory ad to Alhambra Watch on the opening of its Tai Po Road store in 1963 (WKYP, 1963-4-28) Operated by its founder Frank Chiu Chun-fai (招振揮) and his family, […]

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Instant Noodles, Enduring Success: the story of Winner Food Products, maker of Doll noodles and frozen dim sum, Vecorn Oil and others        

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York Lo: Instant Noodles, Enduring Success: the story of Winner Food Products, maker of Doll noodles and frozen dim sum, Vecorn Oil and others     Left: Harry Wong; Center: The iconic Doll brand; Right: Chou Wen-hsien   Instant noodles have been popular in Hong Kong since the late 1960s and while there are many brands in the market, many folks […]

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The Inventions and Ventures of HK Tech Pioneer Prof. S.C. Loh (樂秀章)

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York Lo: The Inventions and Ventures of HK Tech Pioneer Prof. S.C. Loh (樂秀章) Left: S.C. Loh with a communication device in 1979 (Source: Printing Today); Right: S.C. Loh in the 1960s (CUHK Bulletin, 1967)   Since the article below was first posted Lewis Tse has left the following comment which I am happy to note here: Please note that Dr. […]

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The Ma Family and Thomson Weaving Factory (天孫織染廠)

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York Lo: The Ma Family and Thomson Weaving Factory (天孫織染廠) Founded in 1946 by Shunde native Ma Tze-sau (馬子修, 1900-1954), Thomson Weaving Factory was one of the leading weaving and dyeing mills in Hong Kong in the 1940s and 1950s known for its “Double Dragon” fabric. Outside of Thomson, Ma’s children were involved in other industrial activities such as kaolin […]

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Best in the Globe – Koon Chuen Kow Knitting Factory (冠全球織造廠)

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York Lo: Best in the Globe – Koon Chuen Kow Knitting Factory (冠全球織造廠) Left: Koon Chuen Kow’s Kinson brand (1939 HK Government Report); Right: Koon Chuen Kow’s Flying Globe brand (1941 HK Govt Report) Koon Chuen Kow Knitting Factory (which stands for “best in the globe”) is probably the oldest knitwear firm in Hong Kong, still in business after close […]

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Cost Plus Bazaar (美廉市場) and Mark V (美發)

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York Lo: Cost Plus Bazaar (美廉市場) and Mark V (美發) Left: Chinese advertisement for Cost Plus Bazaar at the Ocean Terminal in 1964 featuring some of the Japanese furniture. The store opened daily from 10 to 10 (WKYP, 1964-7-19) American retailers, big and small, have been the key driving force of industrial development in HK and China for the past […]

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Great South Fishing Industries (廣南漁業)

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On 28th March 2024 Stephen Davies, Ex-Director of The Hong Kong Maritime Museum, left the following comment. ”This [article] isn’t quite right accurate. According to the SCMP (22 May, 1954 p.17) Great Southern (not South) Fishing Industries Ltd. got approval the previous day for the Southern Glory, built at Kwong Cheung Hing, Cheungshawan, which was steel built, 126.3 GRT, 94.95′ […]

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Lee Seng Heng (李成興魚露): King of Fish Sauce 

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York Lo: Lee Seng Heng (李成興魚露): King of Fish Sauce Left: Lee Seng Heng’s Kingfisher trademark featuring medals it won in the 1920s and 1930s. (IP Australia); Right: recent ad for Lee Seng Heng fish sauce (Yue Yick Food Industries)  Earlier on the website, we covered many HK sauce makers which have a long history of over a century. Lee […]

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Jebshun Shipping (捷順船務)

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York Lo: Jebshun Shipping (捷順船務) Left: Lam Choon-cheong (A Collection of epitaphs of Chinese elites in HK); Middle: advertising calendar of Jebshun from the 1950s (eBay Singapore); Right: Victoria Drummond, the first woman marine engineer in Britain, who worked for Jebshun from 1959 to 1962. In the article about the Kowloon Flour Mills, it was mentioned that Andrew Lam Kam-kwan […]

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Wan Tat-ming (溫達明) and Ling Nam Weaving (嶺南布廠)

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York Lo: Wan Tat-ming (溫達明) and Ling Nam Weaving (嶺南布廠) Left: Wan Tat-ming(Kung Sheung Evening News 1956-12-24); Right: Ad for Ling Nam Weaving in 1948 (Tung Wah Monthly, 1948) Like Shum Choy-wah who was covered earlier in another article, Wan Tat-ming (1911-1988) was a major figure in the weaving mill business and community leader in the 1940s through 1960s who […]

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