Peter Kingson Kwok (郭幼庭,1883-1953): Metal Trader and Founding Director of Bank of East Asia and his Family

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York Lo: Peter Kingson Kwok (郭幼庭,1883-1953): Metal Trader and Founding Director of Bank of East Asia and his Family Left: Peter Kingson Kwok (Courtesy of Stanley Kwok); Right: Ad for Singon & Co in 1933 (HK Telegraph, 1933-8-28) While most people identify the Bank of East Asia with the family of Li Koon-chun, Kan Tong-po and Fung Ping-shan who ran […]

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The Families of H.M. Lui and M.G. Tsui, directors of Miramar and Furama

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York Lo: The Families of H.M. Lui and M.G. Tsui, directors of Miramar and Furama H.M. Lui (first from the left) and M.G. Tsui (second from the right) and fellow directors of Miramar at the opening of its City Club in 1980. Left to right: Lui, Young Chi-wan, Ho Sin-hang, Sir Tang Shiu-kin, Ho Tim, Leung Kau-kui, Sin Wai-kin, Tsui, […]

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Ruby (紅寶石) – Restaurant Empire from the 1950s to 1980s

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York Lo: Ruby (紅寶石) – Restaurant Empire from the 1950s to 1980s Left: The fa pai of Ruby Restaurant in Causeway Bay at its opening in 1966; Right: Ruby’s ad promoting its Mother’s Day special featuring pigeons and fruit punch at all five of its locations in 1984 (WKYP, 1984-5-9)  From the 1950s to the 1980s, Ruby was one of […]

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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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Sang Lee & Co (生利建築) – leading contractor from the 1900s to 1950s

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York Lo: Sang Lee & Co (生利建築) – leading contractor from the 1900s to 1950s From the 1900s to the 1950s, Sang Lee was one of the leading building contractors in HK responsible for many notable public projects such as the old GPO Building and the Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir which were completed in the 1910s and the massive Wanchai […]

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Kwoon Kwen Metal Ware (冠群金屬製品廠)

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York Lo: Kwoon Kwen Metal Ware (冠群金屬製品廠) Left: Kwoon Kwen ad in 1955 (HK Pun U District Association); Right: Kwoon Kwen founder Li Yan (HK Pun U District Association, 1959)  Kwoon Kwen Metal Ware, a leading manufacturer of luggage locks and other metal products, was founded in 1948 (although as a firm it was not incorporated until 1965) by Li […]

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Kwong Sang Engineering (廣生機器廠)

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York Lo: Kwong Sang Engineering (廣生機器廠) Left: Kwong Sang Engineering founder Ng Kai-lau (HK Pun U District Association, 1955); Right: Family of Kwong Sang founder Ng Kai-lau welcoming his fifth son Chung-yau (triangle) back from studies in the US in 1961. (KSDN, 1961-7-7)  Kwong Sang Engineering was one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of ship machinery in Hong Kong […]

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Pioneer (派安): 60 years of Supplying Construction Materials in Hong Kong 

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York Lo: Pioneer: 60 years of Supplying Construction Materials in Hong Kong Left: Ad for Pioneer Concrete in 1962 with picture of its production site in Hunghom (top) and construction site on Caernavon Road in Kowloon (bottom). (Wah Kiu Yat Po 1962-2-1); Right: Pioneer Concrete co-founder and longtime chief Sir Tristan Antico  Hong Kong residents often refer to the city […]

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Tak Chuen Distillery (德泉酒庄) and “Double Happiness” Wines

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York Lo: Tak Chuen Distillery (德泉酒庄) and “Double Happiness” Wines  Left: Ko Ho-ning; Center: Close-up of Tak Chuen’s display at the 1954 (KSEN, 1954-1-13); Right: Yau Chi-ho, manager of Tak Chuen (HK Pun U District Association)  While the family of Ko Ho-ning (高可寧, 1878-1955) might be best known for their pawn shops, many properties, movie star daughters in law (Grace […]

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Lau Shiu-yuen (劉紹源): Jeweler and Developer from the 1960s

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York Lo: Lau Shiu-yuen (劉紹源): Jeweler and Developer from the 1960s Left: Lau Shiu-yuen (WKYP, 1963-4-1); Right: advertorial for Man Hee Mansion developed by Lau Shiu-yuen in Wanchai in 1963 (WKYP, 1963-8-24)  In the 1960s, Lau Shiu-yuen was a major player in the jewelry business with three branches of his Mays Jewellers (美時珠寶) in prime locations in HK and Kowloon […]

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