Dent & Company’s early days in China and John Dent

Dent & Co Building Hankow Nick Kitto

The following article was written by Christopher Munn and published in the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography. The publisher, HK University Press, and Christopher have both given permission for this to be posted here. Christopher co-authored the article with Sooni Shroff-Gander. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped article. Dent, Lancelot b. 1799 Westmoreland, England d.1853 Cheltenham, England. Merchant Dent, […]

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Stereo(天然)– Photofinishing Pioneer

Stereo Photofinishing Pioneer Home Page Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Stereo(天然)– Photofinishing Pioneer Poster of Stereo Ltd from the 1960s listing its 7 branches and highlighting its complete continuous processing system (Photo Credit: Teresa Robeson) Before the rise of digital photography in the 2000s, photofinishing was a big business in Hong Kong. The first photofinishing chain in HK was not Fotomax (which was founded in 1982) but the […]

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Pro-Quality Electronic (寶業電子)

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York Lo: Pro-Quality Electronic (寶業電子) Left: PQE chairman Young Chi-wan; Middle: PQE vice chairman Cheng Wai-kuen; Right: PQE director Dominic Cheng Backed by the Young and the Cheng families behind the Miramar Hotel, Pro-Quality Electronic Co Ltd (hereafter refer to as “PQE”) was one of the largest electronics manufacturers in HK in the 1970s and the early 1980s with over […]

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Q+A 14 Inland River Operations Company

HF writes: I am trying to gather information about this company and not coming up with much. Apparently in mid-January 1942 (ie during the occupation of Hong Kong by the Japanese) the Inland River Operations Company resumed river steamers between Hong Kong, Macau and the Mainland. I am not sure whether “resumed” meant the company existed pre-1942 or whether it was […]

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G Falconer & Company, Watchmakers & Jewellers – HK agent for Ross Optical Ltd, Clapham, London and Kelvin & Hughes, marine instruments, London

G Falconer Advert The China Mail 24th November 1928

HF: G Falconer appear to have had a presence in Hong Kong since 1885, according to the company website, and currently have a shop in the Peninsula Hotel. This article provides initial information about the Falconer and two of the British companies it was the Hong Kong agent for.   As the above says: G Falconer & Company (Hong Kong […]

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International Industrial Building (國際工業大廈) in Kwun Tong

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York Lo: International Industrial Building (國際工業大廈) in Kwun Tong Left: International Industrial Building in Kwun Tong; Right: ad for International Industrial Building when it first opened in 1966 (WKYP, 1966-3-28) Located at 175 Hoi Bun Road in Kwun Tong waterfront is a 50 years-old, colorful 13 story factory building by the name of International Industrial Building (not to be confused […]

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Finland, London and Swiss – 3 Ice Cream Brands from the 1960s

Finland, London And Swiss 3 Ice Cream Brands From The 1960s Detail Image 4 York Lo

York Lo: Finland, London and Swiss – 3 Ice Cream Brands from the 1960s Aside from Dairy Farm, On Lok Yuen and Yan Chim Kee which have been covered in earlier articles, three other HK ice cream makers from the 1960s were Finland Ice Cream, London Ice Cream and Swiss Ice Cream – all with European sounding names but 100% Chinese […]

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Frank Gardner – his life, Bosco Radio and Plastic Manufacturing Corporation (PMC) – updated

Hugh Farmer: I was recently contacted by Samantha Martin, granddaughter of the subject of this article Frank Gardner. Samantha said there were errors in the original article, shown below which was originally posted in November 2014. I am happy to correct those mistakes she notes and thought it best to start with her recent email and highlight the changes Samantha […]

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Sing Lee Shrimp Sauce and Paste Factory, Tai O

Hugh Farmer: When I first came to Lamma Island in the early 1990s  a powerful odour greeted the visitor as you entered Yung Shue Wan. The smell was  instantly recognisable and initially overwhelmingly unpleasant. The manufacturing of shrimp paste. I got used to the odour. Then I  began to actually like it. And now I miss it, it’s still made on […]

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Chung Kai Knitting (中溪織造廠) – maker of Eagle Pagoda singlets

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York Lo: Chung Kai Knitting (中溪織造廠) – maker of Eagle Pagoda singlets Ad of Chung Kai Knitting in 1955. Source: IDJ Chung Kai Knitting Factory, best known for its Eagle Pagoda (鷹塔牌) singlets, was a major player in the HK garment industry from the 1930s to 1960s before shifting its focus and production to Malaysia. Its founder Lun Chak-sum (倫澤森, […]

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