Best in the Globe – Koon Chuen Kow Knitting Factory (冠全球織造廠)

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York Lo: Best in the Globe – Koon Chuen Kow Knitting Factory (冠全球織造廠) Left: Koon Chuen Kow’s Kinson brand (1939 HK Government Report); Right: Koon Chuen Kow’s Flying Globe brand (1941 HK Govt Report) Koon Chuen Kow Knitting Factory (which stands for “best in the globe”) is probably the oldest knitwear firm in Hong Kong, still in business after close […]

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Walter Dunn & Company – nautical instruments

James Chan: This advert from 1951 is courtesy of Grace’s Guides: British Industrial History. However, the company doesn’t appear to have operated in the UK. So I wonder if it was a Hong Kong based company. If so did it manufacture here? I can find no mention of Walter Dunn & Co. in the HK Public Records Office newspaper search. […]

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The Borneo Company Ltd – 1856 Hong Kong branch opened

James Chan: The Borneo Company Ltd had a very interesting history. In 1856 it apparently opened an office in Hong Kong and it would be interesting to know more about the company’s operations here. Rudi Butt’s fascinating Hong Kong’s First blog (linked below) contains this: This summary of the company comes from wikipedia: The Borneo Company Ltd formed in 1856, is […]

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Lee Seng Heng (李成興魚露): King of Fish Sauce 

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York Lo: Lee Seng Heng (李成興魚露): King of Fish Sauce Left: Lee Seng Heng’s Kingfisher trademark featuring medals it won in the 1920s and 1930s. (IP Australia); Right: recent ad for Lee Seng Heng fish sauce (Yue Yick Food Industries)  Earlier on the website, we covered many HK sauce makers which have a long history of over a century. Lee […]

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The Hongkong Rope Manufacturing Co., Ltd – images from c1908

HF These images of The Hongkong Rope Manufacturing Co., Ltd come from Twentieth Century Impressions of Hongkong…published in 1908. The name of the company in the book is given as “Manufactory” but it appears to have been more usually known by the former name. I have given the same title to each image as appears in the book. Many thanks […]

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The Hongkong Milling Company (Rennie’s Mill)

HF: The Hongkong Milling Company had a brief existence during the early part of the 20th century. Things ended tragically when its prime founder Alfred Herbert Rennie committed suicide by throwing himself off the company launch taking him to the Mill. The company, a major industrial enterprise at that time, is almost forgotten. I wonder also how many people remember […]

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Wan Tat-ming (溫達明) and Ling Nam Weaving (嶺南布廠)

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York Lo: Wan Tat-ming (溫達明) and Ling Nam Weaving (嶺南布廠) Left: Wan Tat-ming(Kung Sheung Evening News 1956-12-24); Right: Ad for Ling Nam Weaving in 1948 (Tung Wah Monthly, 1948) Like Shum Choy-wah who was covered earlier in another article, Wan Tat-ming (1911-1988) was a major figure in the weaving mill business and community leader in the 1940s through 1960s who […]

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Ching Loong Bakery (正隆餅家) 1889 – 1963

HF: “No. 118 Wellington Street was the main office of a bakery which was founded in 1889 and operated under the firm name of “Ching Loong” (正隆). In July 1923, Mr Ho Hong Po (何康甫), in co-partnership with Mr Ng Min Sau (吳勉修) bought Inland Lot No. 173 s.A ss.1 s.A from a Chinese woman at the price of $45,000, […]

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Ngai Sang Knitting (藝生織造廠)

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York Lo: Ngai Sang Knitting (藝生織造廠) Advert for Ngai Sang Knitting Factory featuring its Three Rifles brand Ad for Ngai Sang’s “Binocular” brand of singlets (HK Chinese Factory Survey, 1934)  From the 1930s to the 1960s, Ngai Sang Knitting Factory was one of the big four manufacturers of singlets (amongst over 70 of them at its peak in 1949) in […]

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Evergreen Plastic & Industrial Co (異奇塑膠實業)

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York Lo: Evergreen Plastic & Industrial Co (異奇塑膠實業) Left: Booth of Evergreen Plastics at the 29th HK Products Expo in 1971 featuring its dolls (Source: HK Memory); Right: a vintage made in Hong Kong doll by Evergreen (Source: eBay) Founded in 1954, Evergreen Plastic &Industrial Co was one of the leading plastic toy manufacturers in the 1950s through 1970s. The founder […]

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