Orient Tobacco Manufacturing Company c1910 coloured lithographs of company cigar products

Orient Tobacco Manufactory Cigar Products Colored Lithographs D2 Grandasia Cigars From Dheeraj Khiytani

Dheeraj Khiytani was recently in touch. He writes: I’m a native of Hong Kong, born and bred with an interest in tobacciana. Specifically I have been collecting early US or English cigarette packs for a number of years. A dealer of mine recently offered me a pristine catalogue of coloured lithographs of cigar products manufactured by the Orient Tobacco Company, Hong Kong. […]

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Kwok Yat-wai (郭一葦, 1915-1990): Jeweler, Developer and Philanthropist 

Kwok Yat Wai, Jeweler Image 6 York Lo

York Lo: Kwok Yat-wai (郭一葦, 1915-1990): Jeweler, Developer and Philanthropist Left: Kwok Yat-wai from the profiles of the directors of the Tung Wah Group of Hospital (KSDN, 1971-4-1); Right: Ad for Kwok’s Diamond Mansion in Wanchai in 1964 (KSDN, 1964-11-8)  Like Cheng Yu-tung of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery and the New World Group (see article on Hip Hing Construction) and […]

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William Jardine, Co-founder of Jardine, Matheson & Company

William Jardine Detail Portrait George Chinnery Source Wikipedia

HF: The following article about William Jardine was written by Alain Le Pichon and first  published in the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography, edited by May Holdsworth and Christopher Munn. The publisher, HK University Press, has kindly granted permission for it to be posted here, but retains copyright over this material from 2012. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped article. Jardine, […]

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Singnam Choy (蔡星南) – Founder of the HK Chinese Godown Association

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York Lo: Singnam Choy (蔡星南) – Founder of the HK Chinese Godown Association Left: Singnam Choy (right) with Lam Hau-tak (see Lam Yuen Fong article) and Chau Cham-kwong as heads of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in 1948 (WKYP, 1948- 6-19); Right: notice issued by The Ching Hua Co in 1947 to clarify that it had no relations with […]

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Oriental Engineering (華捷洋行)

Oriental Engineering Detail Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Oriental Engineering (華捷洋行) Representatives of Oriental Engineering welcoming L.A. Jull, chairman of LEC Refrigeration at the Kai Tak Airport in 1961 (KSDN, 1965-3-31)  Founded in 1910 in Foochow, Oriental Engineering Co Ltd (incorporated in HK in 1964) is one of the oldest and largest distributors of refrigeration and kitchen equipment in HK and remains under the management of […]

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Asia Provisions (亞洲辦館) and Asia Cold Storage (亞洲凍房)

Asia Provisions And Asia Cold Storage Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Asia Provisions (亞洲辦館) and Asia Cold Storage (亞洲凍房) The Asia Company’s ad in 1960 (HK Police Magazine)  Aside from Wang Kee and Wing Sang Cheong covered in earlier articles, The Asia Provisions Co Ltd (incorporated in 1970) and its predecessor The Asia Company (亞洲公司,1925-1970) has been a major player in the food provisions business in HK since its […]

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William S.T. Lee & Co (曉莊貿易) – the firm which brought Montblanc pens, Rodenstock glasses, Seiko watches, Ricoh cameras and Kenwood stereos to HK

William S T Lee & Co Detail Image 3 York Lo

York Lo: William S.T. Lee & Co (曉莊貿易) – the firm which brought Montblanc pens, Rodenstock glasses, Seiko watches, Ricoh cameras and Kenwood stereos to HK Left: William ST Lee (second from right) with winners of the Montblanc coloring competition his firm sponsored in 1965 (KSDN, 1965-5-3); Right: Montblanc ad by William S.T. Lee Co From the 1960s to the […]

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Kam Kook Yuen (金菊園) – A Century of Delicious Dried Meat

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York Lo: Kam Kook Yuen (金菊園) – A Century of Delicious Dried Meat Left: Kam Kook Yuen ad promoting its dried duck during Chinese New Year in 1964 (WKYP, 1964-2-9); Right: Kam Kook Yuen ad featuring the popular cartoon character Old Master Q, probably in the early 1960s based on the number of outlets listed in the bottom Aside from […]

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Beyond Lion Rock book written and published by Nancy Kwan, HK stone breaking connection

Beyond Lion Rock Nancy Kwan Detail Book Cover

HF: I am very pleased to able to offer a little publicity on the publication of Nancy Kwan’s recently published book, Beyond Lion Rock, self-published, 2019. The book is part biographical but also includes the effects of political and historical  events on her family and the people of Hong Kong. Nancy contacted me a few months ago, explaining she was […]

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