Lady Southorn’s hop shovel – Hongkong Brewers & Distillers 1934 – new images

In 1965 Mary Esther Parker bought a sterling silver “hops shovel” at an antique shop in Fort Walton, Florida. On the back is inscribed: Hongkong Brewers & Distillers Ltd First Lager Brew 27.6.1934 This Hop Shovel with which she put the first hops into the brew is presented with grateful thanks to Lady Southorn The front, scooping side:   Mary […]

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Pao Hsing Cotton Mill (寶星紡織廠)

Pao Hsing Cotton Mill Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Pao Hsing Cotton Mill(寶星紡織廠) 7 story Pao Hsing Mill – the largest cotton mill in Kwai Chung in 1961 (HKU Libraries) While Pao Hsing Cotton Mill might not have been one of the largest and best-known cotton mills in HK, it was a notable firm in the history of HK cotton spinners for several reasons – its unusual […]

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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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Hongkong Food Products Manufacturing

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York Lo: Hongkong Food Products Manufacturing HK Food Products’ new flour mill in Kwun Tong in 1966 (Kung Sheung Daily News, 1966-11-30) As mentioned in the article about David Sung and HK Flour Mills (HKFM), HKFM acquired the Kwun Tong mill of HK Food Products (the mill was known as “Kellogg Flour Milling Co” 康樂麵粉廠 in Chinese) in 1976 and […]

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Tang Fun Kee Manufacturing Co Ltd – Good Luck bicycle horns, Camel torches, Navy brand torches

HF:  Tang Fun Kee was incorporated on 23rd May 1951 and appears to be still in operation. “…Tang Fun Kee occupied a five-storey building in Larch Street [Tai Kok Tsui – note the advert below has the company at 32-40 Fuk Tsun Street], producing headlight cases, square torches and watches. Electroplating was on the first floor; the production of torches […]

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Orient Tobacco Manufactory – photographs inside the factory

Edward Schneider, Carl Ingenohl’s great-grandson, has sent these photos taken inside the Orient Tobacco Manufactory Company’s factory which occupied a large site between Yau Ma Tei and Mongkok on Nathan Road. A couple of the images are fairly self-explanatory. If you can elaborate on what is happening in the others it would be good to hear from you. We have […]

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Bullivant & Co, Millwall London, supplier of Taikoo Sugar Refinery’s aerial ropeway cables

HF with thanks to IDJ for the two adverts. The cable used in the Aerial Ropeway constructed to link Takoo Sugar Refinery and its Sanitarium was made by Bullivant & Co. which began as a UK company. William Munton Bullivant was an early innovator in the stranded wire cordage field, invented in the mid-19th century by German mining engineers in the […]

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