The Hong Kong Mosquito Stick Manufacturing Company

HF: A lighthouse. A swan. Great trademarks. Can you supply any more information about this company? See: HK Memory Hong Kong Memory (HKM) is a multi-media web site that gives free and open access to digitized materials on Hong Kong’s history, culture and heritage. The materials include text documents, photographs, posters, sound recordings, motion pictures and videos. This article was […]

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Fast Eddie: the rise and fall of Eddie Wong (王永祥), international tycoon of mystery and original developer of Discovery Bay

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York Lo: Fast Eddie: the rise and fall of Eddie Wong (王永祥), international tycoon of mystery and original developer of Discovery Bay Eddie Wong (center) with John Pain (right), executive director of the HK Tourism Association at a press conference for HK Resort in September 1976. (SCMP) Known as “Fast Eddie”, Edward Wong Wing-cheung was a legendary business figure in […]

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Wo Fat Hing Distillery production of 玉冰燒酒 (Juk Bing Siu Zau) or 肉醪燒 (Juk Lou Siu)

Mike T: Regarding the Wo Fat Hing Distillery I’m guessing the type of wine specifically made there was  玉冰燒酒 (Juk Bing Siu Zau) or 肉醪燒 (Juk Lou Siu), as they mention pork being placed in the wine as part of the process. Wikipedia says that it’s, “…a Cantonese rice liquor with over 100 years of history, made with steamed rice. After distillation, […]

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Marklin Advertising (美靈廣告)

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York Lo: Marklin Advertising (美靈廣告) Left: Chinese New Year ad of Marklin Singapore in 1958(Singapore Free Press, 1958-2-16); Middle: BOAC “Visit Hong Kong” poster in 1960 designed by Marklin; Right: Marklin founder Derek Nurse (HK Album, 1967) From the 1950s to the 1970s, Marklin was one of the leading ad agencies in the Far East with branches in Hong Kong, […]

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Chinachem – Collection of Early Advertisements

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York Lo: Chinachem – Collection of Early Advertisements Chinachem, one of the major real estate developers in Hong Kong, is perhaps best known for the kidnappings and disappearance of its founder Teddy Wang and the prolonged estate battle between his wife Nina Wang and his father and after her death, between her estate and the former fengshui master Tony Chan. […]

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Ma On Shan Iron Mine 1906-1976 – biggest mine in HK – further information

HF: This article is the result of several people’s research into Ma On Shan Iron Mine. If you can provide further information about this or any other mine, quarry or dredging activity please email me at: indhhk at gmail dot com Information provided by Hugh Farmer, IDJ, Tymon Mellor and Elizabeth Ride Ma On Shan Mine operated for 70 years […]

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Paramount: Ad Agency and Interior Decorator

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York Lo: Paramount: Ad Agency and Interior Decorator Although it is largely forgotten today, Paramount Advertising Agency (百樂門廣告) was one of the leading Chinese-owned ad agencies in Hong Kong which was also involved in interior design and neon lights. The firm which counted many Japanese clients and business partners was responsible for interior decorations for major hotels in HK and […]

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Holga Cameras – interview with TM Lee their creator

HF: This interview with the 84 year old creator of Holga cameras, TM Lee, was conducted by Manami Okazaki in Mr Lee’s office in Hong Kong in February 2014. The interview has been slightly adapted. He talks about Holga’s history, including why the camera never sold in China, and the company’s efforts to stay afloat amid the slow demise of […]

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