The Hong Kong Brewers and Distillers Ltd new plant, 1933

Jehangir Ruttonjee B 1908

IDJ has sent the following newspaper article… The article contains a couple of grammatical mistakes and slight oddness of word choice which I have included in the retyped version below. HF: I have retyped the original newspaper article to improve clarity and to aid searches. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped article. The drive to Castle Peak has always […]

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World War Two – 1945 BAAG report – transport and fuel supplies in occupied HK

Hugh Farmer: Elizabeth Ride has sent another  part of  1945 BAAG report on a variety of subjects in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in WW2. This time the report covers: Motor Bus Services – the removal of most buses from HK, bus services post Sept 1942 Ferry Services – Harbour and Island/NT/Aberdeen, use of auxiliary junks, fuel […]

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The China Klinwares Manufacturing Company – 1932 to 1956

HF: The article, I-Feng Enamelling Company and Freezinhot Bottle Co., Ltd. includes: In 1937, after buying the assets of Keung Hwa Aluminium and Enamelling Company, Mr. Dung Ji-fu founded I-Feng Enamelling Company in Hong Kong to sell aluminium and enamel ware. York Lo adds: I believe the English name of Keung Hwa should be “China Klinwares Manufacturing Co”. Dung Ji-fu should also […]

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Hong Kong Artificial Flower Works, San Po Kong, location of the start of the 1967 riots

Duncan Tong (唐鼎康) died a few years ago aged 103. He was a pioneer of the plastic flowers industry and owned the Hong Kong Artificial Flower Works in San Po Kong (and apparently not Li Ka-Shing as is often incorrectly reported) where the 1967 riots started. “The political struggle between the colonial government and the leftist camp started in a […]

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Millie’s (妙麗)– the Iconic Handbag and Shoes Brand  

Millies Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Millie’s (妙麗)– the Iconic Handbag and Shoes Brand Left: the iconic Millie’s neon sign on Nathan Road at night; Right: Millie’s founder Alan Lau on the cover of Economic Digest at the height of his success in 1982 In the 1970s and early 1980s, Millie’s was the leading handbag and shoes manufacturer and retailer in Hong Kong. Its […]

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Merry Christmas – HK made decorations exported 1964

Hugh Farmer: A very merry Christmas to all our readers, contributors, administrators, translators, typists and all those who have helped the Group over the last year… March 1965: The value of Christmas decorations exported in 1964 was over HK$7 million. Electric light sets comprised the bulk of exports but plastic Christmas trees, candles, tinsel, paper lanterns and decorations were also […]

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From Chaoan to HK: Kai It Battery Factory (蓋一電池廠)

Kai It Battery Factory Image 4 York Lo

York Lo: From Chaoan to HK: Kai It Battery Factory (蓋一電池廠) Left: Kai It plant at 15 Mok Cheong Street before its re-modeling into Kai It Industrial Building. Right: Blue Dove batteries manufactured by Kai It Aside from Hing Wah, a major player in the battery industry from the 1940s to the 1980s was Kai It Battery Factory, which also operated […]

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Flip Flops Across the Globe: How HK Exporters John Cowie and Nylex Left their Global Footprints with Plastic Sandals

H.J. Cowie And New Zealnd Importer Morris Yock In HK In 1955 York Lo

York Lo: Flip Flops Across the Globe: How HK Exporters John Cowie and Nylex Left their Global Footprints with Plastic Sandals In the 1950s, plastic sandals (known as flips flops in America, jandals in New Zealand, thongs in Australia, slops in South Africa etc) became popular around the globe. Modeled after Japanese sandals known as zoris, some of the first […]

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Tale as old as Wine: the Rise and Fall of Chinese Distilleries in Hong Kong

Chinese Distilleries In HK Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Tale as old as Wine: the Rise and Fall of Chinese Distilleries in Hong Kong Wing Lok East Street/Morrison Street in 1965 where the giant signs of Chinese distilleries such as Yan Wo Yuet and Wong Kwong Shin Tong were visible. From the 1900s to the 1960s, Hong Kong had a thriving local Chinese wine industry that not […]

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