Stanley Kuo (郭正達, 1923-2009): King of Threads, Textile Industrialist and Credit Card Pioneer

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York Lo: Stanley Kuo (郭正達, 1923-2009): King of Threads, Textile Industrialist and Credit Card Pioneer Earlier on the website, we covered the aluminum pioneer Wah Chong founded by the Kuo family from Shanghai. Stanley Kuo Cheng-dai, the eldest son of Wah Chong founder K.Y. Kuo, had achieved success independent of Wah Chong as the co-founder of successful businesses in three […]

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The luxurious junk Cheng Ho, Ah King shipyard built, Standard Oil connection…

Stephen Davies/Hugh Farmer SD: The largest vessel I know for certain to have been built at the Ah King yard, in 1938/39, was the wonderful exploration junk Cheng Ho, 100ft long and with the most marvellous history. She was built for Ann Archbold, daughter of the founder of Standard Oil to amazingly extravagant specs (some of the interior shots are […]

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Green Island Cement Company – aerial ropeway

Ian Wolfe has sent a photo from an unknown source. Ian: It’s undated but the time taken should be before 1949. The Green Island plant with an interesting aerial ropeway can be seen here – Tower A is approximately at the present ELDEX building,[location shown below], while pylons B,C,D,E and F stretches the ropeway towards the coastline and ended up going […]

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Sing Chow Electric Factory (星洲電器製造廠)

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York Lo: Sing Chow Electric Factory (星洲電器製造廠) Left: ad for Sing Chow Electric in 1934 (HK Chinese Factories Survey, 1934); Right: Sing Chow founder Chan Lee-sheung (A Century of Commerce, 1941)   Founded in 1920, Sing Chow Electric Factory was one of the earliest and largest manufacturers of flashlights in Hong Kong and known for its “Dog’s Head” (狗頭牌) brand of […]

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Lo Lam (盧林) – Building Contractor, Theater Owner and Movie Producer

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York Lo: Lo Lam (盧林) – Building Contractor, Theater Owner and Movie Producer Lo Lam with actresses at his birthday party in 1963. Right to left: Yu Lai-chun (余麗珍), Lo Lam, Fung Wong Nui (鳳凰女), Lee Heung-kam (李香琴), Kam Ying-lin (金映蓮). (WKYP, 1963-8-3)  In the 1960s and the early 1970s, a building contractor by the name of Lo Lam (fondly […]

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Proposed Tramway linking Victoria and Aberdeen by Peak tunnel, 1906-1910

IDJ has sent an extract from a book by Martin Barnett published in 1984 about the history of tramways in Hong Kong. HF: Chevalier R Pescio was an Italian with an exotic name and an alluring proposal. Namely to build a tramway between Victoria  and Aberdeen. He repeatedly tried to obtain government interest in this scheme between 1906 and 1910 […]

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