Camera shops/agents in Hong Kong, 1930s to 1950s

IDJ has sent these adverts for camera shops/agents in Hong Kong in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

HF: If you can add to this collection and/or provide further information about these companies please send it in.

Carlowitz & Company

Camera Carlowitz & Co, HK Telegraph 17.04.37 IDJ

Source: HK Telegraph 17th April 1937

Denis H Hazell & Company

Camera Denis H. Hazell HK Telegraph 28.04.39 IDJ

Source: HK Telegraph 28th April 1939

Helmut Nocht

Camera Helmut Nocht HK Telegraph 29.04.39 IDJ

Source: HK Telegraph 29th April 1939

Melchers & Company

Camera Melchers & Co IDJ

Source: HK Telegraph 17th April 1937

U. Spalinger & Company

Camera U. Spalinger & Co Ltd HK Sunday Herald 16.07.50 IDJ

Source: HK Sunday Herald 16th July 1950

This article was first posted on 9th May 2021.

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One comment

  • Keith Alverson

    My grandfather, Hans Melchior, was a Carlowitz and co. representative in Hong Kong. He was in hong kong in 1920’s and again in the late 30’s. Indeed he was there in 37-39 when this advertisement is dated. He mentions that Carlowitz represented Zeiss at the time.

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