Olympic Motors Ltd adverts

Olympic Motors Ltd Car Adverts Dot Delivered On Time China Mail 1st January 1949 IDJ

IDJ has sent a series of car sale adverts for a number of Hong Kong companies. Further information about any of these firms would be gratefully received. This article was first posted on 22nd November 2020. Related Indhhk articles: Metro Cars (新英華汽車) and Austin automobiles in HK (1953-1970) Far East Motors – distributor of Chevrolet, Cadillac, Holden and Standard automobiles […]

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The Lo Wu Brick Works, pre-1912 to 1957?

Tymon Mellor: Hong Kong was built from stone and bricks, all held together with a cement mortar. All these materials were locally made using the natural resources Hong Kong could provide. The New Territories are rich in clay, which over the years has been used for pottery and brick manufacturing. The use of air dried bricks for house building was common, and fired bricks have […]

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The condition of Hong Kong dockyards immediately post WW2, newspaper report October 1945

IDJ has sent the newspaper article below. Though the article’s headline refers specifically to Kowloon Dock, several other Hong Kong dockyards are covered. It’s a little confusing sometimes to understand which dockyard is being referred to. The images included below, and on the Home page, come from our article, Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock – WW2 bombing – the aftermath, […]

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East Asia Company (東亞洋行)

East Asia Company Detail Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: East Asia Company (東亞洋行) East Asia Company and guests welcoming the 6th Earl of Verulam in 1960 at its 25th anniversary party. Left to right: HSBC manager J.A.H. Saunders, Mak Kwong-wan (麥廣環), Earl of Verulam, Uhlan Mac, trade commissioner J.F. Saunders, Chan Wah-lok, accountant Mok Chung-wan (WKYP, 1960-3-29) East Asia Company (not to be confused with the Danish […]

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Asiatic Petroleum Company employees, a compilation – information needed

Asiatic Petroleum Company Staff Photo Shanghai 1930s Historical Photographs Of China, University Of Bristol

For latest updates please see items highlighted in blue. On 19th November 2020 information about William Elias Hughes, and images of him and his family were added. HF: We have been sent information about a couple of employees of the Asiatic Petroleum Company in China and one in the UK. We have also received requests for information about two more […]

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Asiatic Petroleum Company, China – family connections

New information, posted 19th November 2020. Brian Hughes has been in touch about his father: My father William Elias Hughes from the Conway Valley in North Wales was employed by APC (North) up to the War in Shanghai following his sailing from London on the ‘Nyanza’ on 28/06/1913. I believe he first worked in Customs. My mother followed, having met […]

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19th Century Tomato Ketchup production in Yau Ma Tei – where exactly?

This was a very early article in Newsletter 4, from the pre-website days, which was sent out as an email on 7th February 2013. Where was the 1881 ketchup factory in Yau Ma Tei mentioned below? And can anyone provide more information about it? Ketchup, Catsup, Catchup,  Kiô-chiap  or plain Tomato Sauce? – Hong Kong, Heinz and Yerks Speaking of […]

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Holga Cameras – Universal Optical Industry / Universal Electronics Industries – production information needed

HF: There is a vast amount out there about Hong Kong made Holga cameras which have cult status. This information concerns the cameras and the photographs they take. There is however very little detail about where exactly they were made or ironically photographs of the factory, production, workers etc. Can you tell us more about the manufacturing of Holga Cameras […]

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Lee Po-lam (李寶林,1909-2002) – Theatre Owner in the 1950s to 1970s

Lee Po Lam Theatre Owner Detail Image 2 York Lo

York Lo:  Lee Po-lam (李寶林,1909-2002) – Theatre Owner in the 1950s to 1970s Lee Po-lam and his wife (center) with actor Ng Chor-fan (left) and his eldest son Lee Pui-wan at the wedding of his second son in 1964 (WKYP, 1964-2-25) In the 1950s through the 1970s, Lee Po-lam was one of the major theatre owners in HK and Macau […]

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Kwong Wah Printing Company – traditional letterpress printing – vanishing HK trades

Mary Anne Le Bas has sent an SCMP article, Six home-grown Hong Kong trades at risk of dying out, published on 21st June 2015. The fourth of these is about the last remaining letterpress company in Hong Kong. Between the 1970s and 90s  there were over 200 such companies around Sheung Wan and Central. All of these have now closed or […]

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