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Grandeurs and Mysteries

Submitted by David on Tue, 11/10/2009 - 10:58

The recently added photo of Astor House was bought as part of an advertisement. When it arrived, it was clearly a page cut from a book, so we got a bonus of some more text and photos on the other side of the page. They are all listed below.

I guess the book was something like the 'Lonely Planet Guide to Asia' if you were leaving home in 1909. It must have been a weight to carry though, as this is page 257.

Windsor Hotel / Connaught House / Astor House / St. Francis Hotel [????-????]

Submitted by David on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 22:42

13, Queen's Road Central.

It looks as though this building changed hands several times. In a 1909 advertisement it is described as 'Aster House (Late Connaught Hotel)'. Then Moddsey notes that later it changed it's name from Astor House to the St. Francis Hotel. Despite the change of name, it's function stayed the same - a hotel.

The 1909 advertisement uses the spelling 'Aster' throughout, even for the 'Telegraphic Address'. However in all other references I've seen, it is spelled 'Astor'.

Wandering thru old Kowloon - Ho Man Tin Hill 1951

Submitted by Admin on Sun, 11/01/2009 - 18:22
  • 0:00 - 0:20: Various short clips around Tsim Sha Tsui
  • 0:21 - 1:43: Although the title describes it as shot in Kowloon, this section shows the old Luna Park amusement park in North Point.
  • 1:44 - 2:00: Ho Man Tin Road
  • 2:00 - end: Squatter village behind Ho Man Tin Road

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