This Holland-China Trading Company photo shows Charles' friend and colleagues Phil Beekmeijer, last row, third from the left and Karel Baggerman. Charles is last row, right from the large pillar, fourth man.
The photo was taken by Ming Yuen Studio, 6 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong.
Zooming in to the photo shows details about HCHC's business:
Closing time for air despatch
Place Time Date
Rotterdam ...30 19th
Junior staff wears shirts with print "H.C.T.C.", a calendar, confirming the month the photo was taken, October 1951, was supplied by a business partner "Van Reekum Papier".
In 1906, Holland-China Trading Company was housed in Alexandra Building. Employee and later director Willem Kien was working there and was on the Juror's List (gwulo.com). The first generation Alexandra Building was in use 1904-1952 (gwulo.com), so it is possible the above photo was taken there.
In an interview in 1985, Frits Kien, who worked at the HCHC Hong Kong office from 1946, told about a major change, compared to pre-WWII Shanghai: girls! Before WWII, there were no girls working in the office, afterwards it was very usual for girls to work in offices. Senior manager Klimanek did not like it at all. Frits Kien gave an example of mean behaviour between the girls. There was a girl named Nancy Ho Tung, daughter of Sir Robert Ho Tung, a millionaire and a well-known man in Hong Kong at the time. When he passed away in 1956, Nancy immediately started to wear black clothing. And the other girls said: "Nancy funny girl. She is a daughter of latest concubine." She was not important enough. The daughters of the first concubine, they would get the most, she would get scrambles. So tough was the rivalry between the girls."
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Courtesy Gesner van der Voort family archives (photo), Boddé family archives (interview).
This photo shows many Hong Kong faces, in great detail. If you recognise your (grand)father or mother, or want to comment on the photo, please let me know.