Even though HCHC was taken over by Internatio in 1948, people kept referring to the company as Holland-China Trading Company. This group photo was taken for the occasion of senior manager Philip Harding Klimanek (front row, sixth from the left) leaving the company. Charles Gesner van der Voort can be found front row, first from the left, his wife Nancy third from the left. Phil Beekmeijer and his wife Ans are third row, first and second from the left.
Peter Gesner van der Voort, Charles' son, recognised comprador Mr. Zie - he is not completely sure about the name - first row first from the right. If a relative of Mr. Zie reads this, please contact me! firstname.lastname@example.org
P.H. Klimanek was Charles' manager, when he started working for HCHC in Shanghai in January 1939.
The photo was taken by Ming Yuen Studio, 6 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong.
Courtesy Gesner van der Voort family archives