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1969 Heading to the beach to cool off

When: A hot summer's day in 1969 [1]. 

Who: The man on the left looks a bit over-dressed, but the others are ready for the beach:

I guess they've just got off a bus. The Aberdeen tunnel wouldn't open until 1982, so how did buses get here from the north of the island? Did they take the coast road via Pok Fu Lam, or drive over Wong Nai Chung gap?

Birthday Buildings in 2014

Looking through Gwulo's list of buildings, how many have a major birthday this year? Lets start with those that have made it to 50 ...

50 years old

Not very exciting, is it? The best-known building on the list is a carpark!

You can see it on the left edge of this 1979 photo of TST. It's about about half way down, next to the golden-coloured Sheraton Hotel:

If you have any sentimental attachment to this carpark (!), you'd better visit soon. The site goes up for auction at the end of this month.

75 years old

Views along the tram line in the 1930s


Join us on a tram-ride through 1930s Hong Kong:

You can click on any of the titles or photos above to visit that photo's page. Many have larger copies of the photo, and additional information about the view.

Thank you to everyone who uploaded the photos shown above. If you have any other views along the tramline from the 1930s, please can you upload them for us to see? Here's how to upload a photo: http://gwulo.com/node/2076

Regards, David

Also on Gwulo.com this week:

Fergus MacDermot is uploading his grandmother's memoir of growing up in Wei Hai Wei and Hong Kong in the early 20th century: 

The Beatles in Hong Kong - 8th June, 1964

The Beatles in Hong Kong - 8th June, 1964

John Lennon

Paul McCartney

George Harrison


President Hotel, Nathan Road

The Beatles signed this for Wes Epae, 50 years ago on the 8th of June, 1964. 

Wes was a Read more »

c.1920 Dragon Boat off North Point

Where: We can just make out the name of the building in the background:

"Ming Yuen"

No sign of this old building today, of course, but the name (highlighted in green) lives on around where it used to stand:

The Ming Yuen Gardens [1] were a

Please help send these home

I bought a collection of photos recently, hoping they'd have lots of views of Hong Kong. Instead they're almost all photos of people, that really belong in a family album. I'd rather see them back with the family, so I'm hoping one of Gwulo's readers can help put them in touch.

We're looking for the family of this lady, Marie Shelley, formerly Marie Baglin:

The price of rice in wartime

Rice is Hong Kong's staple food. As shown below, the cost of rice increased over 600 times during the 3 years 8 months of the Japanese occupation. Read more »

1930s Street Scene

Where: This postcard is just labeled "Street Scene HK", so I'm hoping you can help identify this one. Here are the clues I can spot:

The Hong Kong Culture Press had an office here, Tel: 33231. I haven't found any mention of them on the web though.

Looking at the shadows the sun is on our left, so we're facing roughly towards the west. Then looking ahead, we can see buildings:

Savitsky's Stanley Sketches

Who: The sketch shows John Pennefather-Evans [1], Commissioner of the Hong Kong Police Force in 1941 when the Japanese invaded Hong Kong.

What: Look carefully at the paper it is drawn on:

Brown wrapping paper - an odd choice for a drawing of a senior government official!

Where & When: Here's the artist's signature:

1924 Happy Valley

Where: We're looking north across Happy Valley. Down in the bottom-left corner, the hill has been excavated to make space for Fung Fai Terrace [1]:

The Terrace is on two levels. The buildings on the lower level are all finished, while the upper level is still bare.

Some of the features of the lower level are still visible today, eg the staircases up from the street:

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