Kwong Wah Printing Company – traditional letterpress printing – vanishing HK trades

Mary Anne Le Bas has sent an SCMP article, Six home-grown Hong Kong trades at risk of dying out, published on 21st June 2015. The fourth of these is about the last remaining letterpress company in Hong Kong. Between the 1970s and 90s  there were over 200 such companies around Sheung Wan and Central. All of these have now closed or […]

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Central Theatre (中央戲院)

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York Lo: Central Theatre (中央戲院) Left: ad announcing the opening of Central Theatre with the movie “The Love Parade” in 1930 (SCMP, 1930-6-11); Center: Central Theatre in 1935 (as evidenced by the sign for the Cantonese opera movie); Right: Central Theatre’s ad in 1932 for Douglas Fairbank’s “Around the World in 80 Minutes” (China Mail, 1932-3-23) For 40 years from […]

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Amoy Canning increases production to enter the European market, newspaper article September 1939

IDJ has sent this newspaper article, which adds a little more information to what we know about Amoy Canning Corporation, shown in various articles linked below. Source: Hong Kong Daily Press 26th September 1939 This article was first posted on 12th November 2020. Related Indhhk articles: Amoy Canning – photograph of Mr T S Wong, Managing Director of the company […]

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Mak and Mark: the century-old tales of two Nam Pak Hong families with the same surname

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York Lo: Mak and Mark: the century-old tales of two Nam Pak Hong families with the same surname In the early 20th century, Mak Kwong and Adolfo Mark were leading merchants in the Chinese medicine business in the traditional Chinese business district of Nam Pak Hong with global network of buyers and suppliers. Their Mak Kwong Kee and Yick Wo […]

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The Rope Making Industry in Hong Kong, 1957 Trade Bulletin article

Rope-Making Twine, halliards, cables – if what you need can be classified under the general heading of ‘rope’, it is almost certainly made in Hong Kong. One of the Colony’s earliest industries was ship-building from which a natural offshoot was rope-making. In 1883 Hong Kong’s first rope-making was opened with a capital of HK$150,000.[HF: this was The Hongkong Rope Manufacturing […]

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Zinc Oxide Factories – Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town, information needed

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HF: Included in Tymon Mellor’s article, Manganese mining on Lamma Island, was this Temporary Mining Licence No.18 and mention of two zinc oxide factories. Kwang Wah in Shauk(e)iwan and Kin Sheng in Kennedy Town. I would be very grateful if anyone could provide more information about, or images of, either of these companies which appear from the mining licence below […]

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Night Soil and Refuse and Night Soil disposal question, newspaper article 1939

Night Soil Collectiom Woman Collecting 1871 Source Unknown

IDJ has sent this interesting addition to our information about the collection and disposal of night soil and refuse/waste in Hong Kong. Thanks to SCT for proof reading the retyped version below. One of the most important problems which will confront  the Colony in the event of an emergency (including typhoon disturbance), is the question of the disposal of night-soil […]

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Hemp – crop and craft, 1970 RASHKB article highlighting its disappearance in Hong Kong

James Hayes has kindly given permission for his short article about the production and use of hemp in Hong Kong to be posted on our website, though much of it is taken up with a description of this practice in China. The article was first published in the Royal Asiatic Society (HK Branch) Journal Vol 10, 1970. For further information about […]

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Yew Sang Hong (耀生行) – distributor of electrical appliances and equipment

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York Lo: Yew Sang Hong (耀生行) – distributor of electrical appliances and equipment Left: 1958 ad for Yew Sang Hong listing brands of refrigerators carried by the firm and promoting monthly installment plans for radios starting at $13 and refrigerators starting at $50. (WKYP, 1958-5-14); Right: 1966 ad for Yew Sang Hong with pictures of appliances carried by the firm […]

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The Office Appliance Co. and Scientific Service Co. – distributors of office equipment

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York Lo: The Office Appliance Co. and Scientific Service Co. – distributors of office equipment The Office Appliance Co (hereafter referred to as OAC) and Scientific Service Co were two major distributors of office equipment and other products in HK and beyond but has since faded into history like the typewriters it represented. Below are their profiles:   The Office Appliance […]

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