Ho Hung Yee – umbrella maker and repairer for 70 years, Peel Street, Central

HF: The SCMP of 26th July 2015 carried a report about the death of Ho Hung Yee who ran an umbrella stand on at the top end of Peel Street for decades. The article begins…”A fixture of the Central street scene dubbed the “Umbrella Man” for the decades he spent helping Hongkongers stay dry has died at the age of […]

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N. Lazarus (明晶洋行)– Leading Opticians of the Far East

N. Lazarus, Opticians Detail Image 2 York Lo

York Lo: N. Lazarus (明晶洋行)– Leading Opticians of the Far East Left: N. Lazarus store in Central; Right: ad for N. Lazarus in HK in 1900 (China Mail, 1900-4-10) Eyeglasses is a big business in Hong Kong and one of the first opticians in record in the city was N. Lazarus, started in the late 19th century by oculist-optician of […]

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Bargain Electrical Co (平霸電業) and System One (新一系電器)

Bargain Electrical Co And System One Detail Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Bargain Electrical Co (平霸電業) and System One (新一系電器) Bargain Electrical Co and System One were two leading electronics retailers in Hong Kong in the 1970s and 1980s respectively that have since faded into history. The former was best remembered for its low prices and catchy TV commercials while the latter was launched by the conglomerate First Pacific and […]

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RAF Shatin Airfield – aerial images

Shatin Airfield Image 1 Approach To Strip Peter Howell

Peter Howell has kindly sent the following introduction to and images of RAF Shatin Airfield: 1900 Air Observation Post Flight, 657 Squadron, arrived in Hong Kong at the end of April 1953. Within a few weeks, the personnel had re-assembled their four Auster Mk 6 and one Auster Mk 7 aircraft and started flying operations from the airstrip near Shatin […]

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Stone Cutters’ Lives in Hong Kong – 1952 article

IDJ has sent an article about Stone Cutters (or Breakers) and their working lives in Hong Kong… The article was originally published in 1952 by the Building Contractor’s Association which subsequently became the Hong Kong Construction Association which exists today. The images shown here have also been supplied by IDJ but are not in the 1952 article. They are all located […]

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Delfino Noronha – HK Government printer and operator of the first HK Island-Kowloon ‘Ferry’

Delfino Noronha Detail Image JM Braga Collection National Library Of Australia Adjusted By IDJ

HF: Delfino Noronha (1824-1900) ran a printing press in Hong Kong from 1844, Noronha and Co., a quasi-government printer, which later on became the actual Hong Kong Government Printer. He was also involved in the first regular ferry  between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon though this was apparently little more than a weekend pleasure launch to his “country house” in Yau […]

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Lee Wui-tao (李會桃): Textbook and Tabloid Publisher and Movie Producer

Lee Wui Tao Detail Image 5 York Lo

York Lo: Lee Wui-tao (李會桃): Textbook and Tabloid Publisher and Movie Producer In the 1950s to 1970s, Lee Wui-tao was a major figure in the entertainment, education and publishing industries as the owner of the Tao Yuen organization, which included a leading textbook publisher (HK Cultural Service), a leading movie studio (Tao Yuen, ran by his wife and known for […]

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The Hong Kong Society of Model & Experimental Engineers, 1984-1996, photographs

IDJ: In 1984 the Hong Kong Society of Model & Experimental Engineers (HKSMEE) was officially registered. The following photographs feature locomotives constructed by HKSMEE members. Regular meetings evolved that were later based at the United Services Recreation Club (USRC) in Kowloon. Discussions centred around members current and future projects, home machining/manufacturing problems, and the sourcing of materials in Hong Kong. ‘Experts?’ […]

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Wong Man-keung (王文強, 1903-1976) and W.S. Sherly & Co (些厘洋行)

Wong Man Keung Detail Image 3 York Lo

York Lo: Wong Man-keung (王文強, 1903-1976) and W.S. Sherly & Co (些厘洋行) While Wong Man-keung and his W.S. Sherly & Co might be very low profile, the products which they acted as sole agent for in HK such as the malted drink Horlicks, Pepsodent toothpaste, Longines watches and Kleenex tissues are the opposite and his family is also connected to […]

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Kar Cheung Chong Bank (嘉彰莊銀行)

Kar Cheung Chong Bank Image 1 York

York Lo: Kar Cheung Chong Bank (嘉彰莊銀行) Founded in 1911 and operated out of the Nam Pak Hong district, Kar Cheung Chong Bank was a Chinese banking firm in HK and affiliate of Tan Peng Choon Banking Co in Thailand and Swatow which played a key role in the trade and remittance between HK, Swatow and Thailand for decades before […]

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