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There's another copy of this just been added to Flickr. It has the date 1928, not 1910s as shown here.
It looks as though the picture shows construction materials related to the reclamation that was done in the late 1920s, so I think 1928 is more likely. Any arguments in favour of 1910s?
Normally coloured postcards of this sort of old Hong Kong were available for sale prior to the 1920s. After the 1920s. photographs became popular. I think the artist may have copied the scene from a real photo and the intention was to show the Wanchai Police Station on Praya East and not of the reclamation works itself.
The Praya East Reclamation works were tendered out in 1921 and finally completed in 1930. By 1928, the reclamation works were nearly completed. If the assumption is that the 'construction material' in front are related to the said works, then at best the postcard is from 1922. Just my two cents.
Here's the larger version on Flickr. It looks to be a hand-tinted photo. I'm interested to learn more about dating postcards - any idea if that was really a hand-tinted photo, and when the hand-tinted photos were popular?
At the right of the larger version, it looked as though there's already building on the seaward side of Johnston Road, which made me think the reclamation was well underway, if not already finished. So, somewhere between 1922 and 1928 seems a likely range.
The view of the Wanchai waterfront and No. 2 Police Station.
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