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David

PS 'Gwu lo' is roughly how '古老' sounds in Cantonese. It means 'ancient' or 'old-fashioned'.

New on Gwulo: 2019, week 11

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c.1907 Quarry workers at the new Taikoo Dockyard

c.1907 Quarry workers at the new Taikoo Dockyard

 

Where: A hand-written note stuck on the back of the photo explains where the photo was taken:

New on Gwulo: 2019, week 08

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Places

  • Does anyone recognise the building from the 1950s-60s in the upper centre of the photo below? It was in TST on the south side of Salisbury Road, across the road from the YMCA, and in front of the KCR terminus. I think it housed the Post Office's Kowloon sorting office, and may also have housed a postal facility for the British Armed Forces, but I don't have any firm proof. If you have any information about it, or can point me to any photos with a clearer view of it, please let me know.
    • HE Arrives Outside Peninsula Hotel
      HE Arrives Outside Peninsula Hotel, by Gordon Randall
  • R.A.F. Kong Wei, listening post [c.1952-????]
  • Kai Pak Ling [????- ]
  • Nam Koo Terrace 南固台 #55 Ship Street (IL 2140) [c.1918- ]
  • Miu Keng Terrace 妙鏡台, #53 Ship Street, 1-5 Schooner Street (IL 2093 RP & IL 2093 S.A RP) [????- ]
  • A Hing photographic studio [c.1909-c.1935]
  • Streets: Cornwall AvenueLun Fat Street

 


 

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The Victorian selfie

Though "selfie" is a modern word, sending photos of ourselves to friends is almost as old as photography itself. The photos below were taken in the photographic studios of Hong Kong in the mid- to late-1800s, and given to family and friends around the world.

I've added notes to the photos, but I'm hoping your detective skills can add more information. If you can identify military uniforms, I'll be especially interested to hear what you can tell us about the soldiers and sailors in the group. Please leave a comment below if you spot anything interesting.

In date order ...

 

c.1865 - Western man, by Kai Sack

c.1867 - Western man

The back of the card gives the photographer's name as "Kai-Sack", and his address as "Opposite Stag Hotel, 109 Queen's Road". The seller dates this to c.1867, but when I

New on Gwulo: 2019, week 06

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Photos

1968 Lockhart Road - Bar Scene
1968 Lockhart Road - Bar Scene, by eternal1966e

 

Aberdeen.
Aberdeen., by James Gregory

 

Shek O 1960
Shek O 1960, by James Gregory

 

Path on way to lighthouse from LSW.
Path on way to lighthouse from LSW., by James Gregory

 

Postcard Hong Kong - Hong Kong View from the Cricket Ground, 1905
View from the Cricket Ground, 1905, by Charles in Shanghai

 

Parade in Kowloon
Parade in Kowloon, by PaperOwl

 

New Territories fishing 1952.
New Territories fishing 1952., by Ewart Hunt

 

The Governor at Kai Tak
The Governor at Kai Tak, by mike cussans

 

Wanchai Hennessy Road
Wanchai Hennessy Road, by Mick Green

 

Kaitak
Kaitak, by Allan Fraser

 

1972 Lockhart Road
1972 Lockhart Road, by Eternal1966

 

c 11.JPG
c 11.JPG, by Damien Ng

 

1969 Peking Road
1969 Peking Road, by eternal66a

 

Tai Koo Dockyard Staff Quarters 1952
Tai Koo Dockyard Staff Quarters 1952, by Ewart Hunt

 

1950s Vehicular Ferry Pier (Jubilee Street)
1950s Vehicular Ferry Pier (Jubilee Street), by Moddsey

 

Shaukiwan near tram terminus 1952.
Shaukiwan near tram terminus 1952., by Ewart Hunt

 

1950s Graham Street
1950s Graham Street, by Moddsey

 

Jubilee Street ferry pier
Jubilee Street ferry pier, by Ewart Hunt

 

Cochrane Street
Cochrane Street, by Ewart Hunt

 

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People

Looking for information about:

  • Lloyd KAY [c.1881-1929], full name George Albert Lloyd KAY, wharfinger at Kowloon Docks. Also hoping to learn what the "Bowling Greens Golf" was.
  • Dorothy Elizabeth DARKIN (née DAVIES) [1931-1972], and / or husband Rick, sons Angus and Rodney.
  • Natasha would like to hear any information about the location & people in these photos. They were taken in the 1960s and show a group of Russian refugees from Xinjiang in China, that included her mother and several family members. They were in Hong Kong for some time before moving to their new countries to live. Click the photos to see Natasha's notes, and to leave any comments you can add.
    • Russian Refugees at the Hong Kong YMCA
    • Russian Refugees at the Hong Kong YMCA
    • Russian Refugees in Hong Kong
    • Russian Refugees in Hong Kong
  • Andrew SALMON (aka Jack) [1919-2000], Royal Artillery then POW in HK & Japan. Worked in HK's Prisons Department, 1949-1974.
  • Do you recognise this man?
    • portrait of Hong Kong comprador Tong Lai Chuen, Holland-China Trading Company, ca. 1908
      portrait of a Hong Kong comprador, Holland-China Trading Company, ca. 1910, by Charles in Shanghai
  • Stanley Camp internees

 

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