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Hong Kong The Peak - Postcarda.JPG

Hong Kong The Peak - Postcarda.JPG

Another postcard. Entitled Hong Kong The Peak. Again no date possibly early 1950s

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Sunday, January 1, 1950


There is no sign of the wooden huts of the Cheero Club that occupied three sides of the old parade ground, so this photograph must have been taken before 14 December 1949, the date which Moddsey has identified for the opening of the Cheero Club. Judging by the old pre-war car could it even have been a pre-war card that was re-published post war?

Can I say thank you for the information you have provided and the possible date. I have added a scan of the back of the postcard which may give a clue. However the back is similar to the rear of all the four postcards I have just posted. There are clearly no visible signs of a maker or a date which is unhelpful, although it is normal. Unfortunately postcards can stay in sellar's shops for a number of years after a new card is supplied. I put 1950 as a possible date as this time span 1949 - 1952 has been on photographs.

Many thanks again.

Isn't that the old City Hall on the right? In which case the date can't be later than 1936.

The large building on the right is the Old City Hall. It was demolished in 1936. I think I have a similar scanned postcard which I have dated to the 1930s. Postcards like these were commonplace soon after WWII for servicemen and visitors to purchase.

I zoomed in on the soldiers drawn up in parade on the Murray Barracks parade ground, but was unable to see whether the uniforms were pre or post WWII style.  Phil's and Moddsey's contributions neatly pin the date as being some time before 1936 - so the 'old' car would have been state of the art then!

To the right of the Cathedral tower Kennedy Terrace is under construction (completed 1933) so I would date the photo to early 1930s as only two of the visible building in the terrace are substantially complete,

Am I correct in thinking that the Bank of China would then be built on the site of the old City Hall.  Do the trams' wheels still squeel when they negotiate that tight double bend before passing in front of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank?

The western portion of the old City Hall site was used to extend the 3rd generation HSBC Headquarters in 1935. The remaining portion was developed into the old Bank of China Building in 1949/1950.

Yes, the squeal is still there!