The Hume Pipe (Far East) Ltd – Jock Inglis -The Peninsula Hotel and Clark Gable!

The photo of Jock Inglis has been added, thanks to Amelia Allsop and The HK Heritage Project. Thanks to IDJ for this newspaper report. Hugh Farmer: Extracted from Past & Present, the Newsletter of the Hong Kong Heritage Project (2014 No.2)  – John ‘Jock’ Inglis arrived in Hong Kong in 1938 as General Manager for the Hume Pipe Co., an Australian […]

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Sine (信誼) – The Century old Saga of a Pharma Giant

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York Lo: Sine (信誼) – The Century old Saga of a Pharma Giant Ads in the 1930s for Sine’s Sinegal liquid (left), adhesive plaster (center) and Vita-spermin (right)  Sine Laboratory (Laboratories), once regarded as “the largest pharmaceutical firm in the Far East”, is another pharmaceutical giant with roots in Shanghai which had major presence in Hong Kong. The firm traced […]

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Francesco de Pinedo – Italian aviator – lands in HK 1925

HF: Added information “Another adventurer was the Neapolitan aviator, Francesco de Pinedo (1890-1933) who, in 1925, landed his Savioa S-16ter two-seater hydroplane (nicknamed Gennariello) in Hong Kong harbour.|Engineer Ernesto Campanelli from Oristano was his co-pilot. After Hong Kong they flew on to Shanghai, Japan and Australia before returning to Rome landing on the Tiber River. It was truly a remarkable expedition, […]

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New Asiatic Chemical Works (新亞藥廠): Pharmaceutical Star

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York Lo: New Asiatic Chemical Works (新亞藥廠): Pharmaceutical Star  Left: Trademark for New Asiatic Chemical Works Hong Kong (HK Government Report, 1939); Right: Advertisement of New Asiatic Chemical Works’ tuberculosis drug Tibilon in Hong Kong from the 1950s  Founded in Shanghai in 1926 by K.C. Hsu and two others, New Asiatic Chemical Works was one of the largest pharmaceutical and […]

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The Wongs and the Hungs – Pre-War pioneers of HK real estate and philanthropists

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York Lo: The Wongs and the Hungs – Pre-War pioneers of HK real estate and philanthropists  The four founding brothers of the Wong and the Hung families who donated the Four Friends Library at the Shimen Middle School in their hometown in the 1930s. Left to right: Wong Tze-lam, Wong Kin-chi, Hung Mak-yuen, Hung Sean-chau Natives of the Nanhai prefecture […]

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Live Long and Prosper: Longevity Condensed Milk (壽星公煉奶), Black and White Evaporated Milk (黑白淡奶) and Friesland Ice Cream (菲仕蘭雪糕

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York Lo: Live Long and Prosper: Longevity Condensed Milk (壽星公煉奶), Black and White Evaporated Milk (黑白淡奶) and Friesland Ice Cream (菲仕蘭雪糕) Left: Longevity milk from 1980 HK TV commercial (YouTube); Right: Friesland Ice cream factory on Hennessy Road in 1953 (Gwulo)   Since the 1930s and 1940s, Longevity sweetened condensed milk and Black & White evaporated milk have become staples […]

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Crowning Achievement: Crown Motors (皇冠汽車) and 50 years of Toyota in HK

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York Lo: Crowning Achievement: Crown Motors (皇冠汽車) and 50 years of Toyota in HK Article about the opening of Crown Motors in 1966 with picture of one of its Toyotas (KSDN, 1966-12-21) Earlier on the website we covered three auto dealers which primarily focused on British cars that are part of the Inchcape group – Metro, Dodwell and Gilman. The […]

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From Dodwell Motors and Gilman Motors to Metro-Dodwell and MD Motors 

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York Lo: From Dodwell Motors and Gilman Motors to Metro-Dodwell and MD Motors As a result of a series of acquisitions by the Inchcape group in the late 1960s, Metro Cars, the distributor of Austin automobiles covered earlier merged with Dodwell Motors and Gilman Motors to form Metro-Dodwell, the largest auto dealer in Hong Kong in the early 1970s. Below […]

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Metro Cars (新英華汽車) and Austin automobiles in HK (1953-1970)

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York Lo: Metro Cars (新英華汽車) and Austin automobiles in HK (1953-1970) Left: Metro Cars building in Tsuen Wan in the 1960s; Right: ad for Austin’s A40 model in 1959 (WKYP, 1959-4-14)  Before the onslaught of Japanese automobiles in the 1970s, British cars dominated the roads of Hong Kong and Austin was a particularly popular brand in the 1950s and 1960s, represented […]

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