1920s Hong Kong photo album

Thanks to Jan Schultheiss, who has been uploading photos that his grandfather, P. Marks, took in the 1920s. Mr Marks worked in the Hong Kong branch of a Dutch bank, the Nederlandsch-Indische Handelsbank, but in his free time he was a keen amateur photographer.

Many of his photos show views that are new to me. So, although I've often seen this old gun near the upper entrance to the HKU campus:

Gun at University Lodge

 

... his is the first photo I've seen of the gun in its original condition, when it was installed in the Victoria Battery:

Old gun, November 1925


 

As another example, we already have photo with a distant view of this building, but this is the first close-up I've seen of Friston Cottage. It looks as though it belongs in the English countryside, but instead it stood at the western end of May Road.

Friston Cottage

 

He also captured a couple of the major events of the 1920s. This photo shows the fire that destroyed the North wing of the Hongkong Hotel:

Hong Kong Hotel on fire

 

And another shows the paper from the Dutch Club's barometer, where the dramatic drop in air pressure on the 18th of August records the great typhoon of 1923:

Barometer Card from the Dutch Club showing typhoon Nr. 5 in 1923

 

Please scroll down to see the full set of photos. You can click any photo to see a larger copy, and to read any notes and comments that have been added.

 

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Policing Hong Kong book cover

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The Marks family's photos from the 1920s


Entrance to Tregunter Mansions

View from 2 Tregunter Mansions, November 1925

Netherlands Tennis Club Hong Kong 1920s

Netherlands Tennis Club Hong Kong 1920s

Netherlands Tennis Club Hong Kong in the 1920s

Netherlands Tennis Club Hong Kong in the 1920s

Netherlands Tennis Club Hong Kong 1920s

Interior of probably Dragon Lodge, Lugard Road

Interior Nederlandsch Indische Handelsbank (Dutch East Indies Trading Bank) 1920s

Unknown tower ca. 1925

Staff Dutch East-Indies Commercial Bank 1925/6

Staff Dutch East-Indies Commercial Bank 1919/20

Dutch East Indies Commercial Bank Dinner Party (back of photo)

Dutch East Indies Commercial Bank Dinner Party

Tai Tam Reservoir 1925

SS Tenyo Maru in Hong Kong harbour

Old wall in Kowloon 1925

Old wall in Kowloon, 1925

Old wall in Kowloon, 1925

Old gun, November 1925

View to Kowloon from the funicular railway bridge on May Road

View from 2 Tregunter Mansions living room

Bowen Road, December 1925

51C & D, Conduit Road, IL 2260 [????-1962]

Farewell dinner Mr. Hamel (Dutch) 17 March 1921

Dutch East-Indies Commercial Bank Staff

Dutch Club Hong Kong

Official Arrival at Blake Pier in the 1920s

Bank of Canton

Chairs waiting at Pedder Street

Corner in the living room of 2 Tregunter Mansions

Tregunter Mansions 2, interior

Probably 2 Tregunter Mansions, Bedroom

Interior of Netherlands India Commercial Bank office

Tregunter Mansions 2 interior

Group of Dutch expats in 1923

Barometer Card from the Dutch Club showing typhoon Nr. 5 in 1923

Marriage of CJ Endert and JGA Schabeck / Schabeek (Dutch), 8 September 1923

Marriage of CJ Endert and JGA Schabeck (Dutch), 8 September 1923

My grandfather P. Marks

My grandparents P. Marks and M.G. Marks-Groot

View from Dragon Lodge

The Peak

Houses near to Dragon Lodge

Houses near to Dragon Lodge

Entrance to Dragon Lodge

Dragon Lodge

Dragon Lodge

Dragon Lodge

Dutch Club - 1924 Birthday Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Picnic Bay 1924

Dragon Lodge

Luginsland

Hallway of Tregunter Mansions

Peak Tram station at May Road

Tregunter Mansions 2 interior

View from Tregunter Mansions

Entrance to Tregunter Mansions

Interior of Tregunter Mansions

Peak Tram at May Road

Peak Tram station at May Road

Friston Cottage

Hong Kong Hotel on fire

Chinese Wall Kowloon 1926

View from Tregunter Mansions

Netherlands Tennis Club Hong Kong in the 1920s

Group of (banking?) gentleman, January 1927

Thanks again to Jan for showing us these fascinating photos. If you can add information to any of these photos, please click the photo and leave a comment on its page. 

Do you have any photos of old Hong Kong you'd like to share? Please click here for details of how to upload them to Gwulo.com: http://gwulo.com/node/2076

Gwulo book update: I signed off the last changes to the proofs on Tuesday, so now the printing and binding is out of my hands. I'll cross my fingers, clutch my lucky rabbit's foot, and light an extra stick of incense to hope that all goes well at the printer.

New on Gwulo...

If you can leave a comment with any more information about these, it will be gratefully received.

 


Some of the new photos added:

 

CNAC & CAT airliners impounded at Kai Tak.jpg
CNAC & CAT airliners impounded at Kai Tak.jpg, by IDJ

 

Victoria Harbour and the Macau Ferry Pier, Sheung Wan
Victoria Harbour and the Macau Ferry Pier, Sheung Wan , by Juja1arim

 

Tuen Mun
Tuen Mun, by richardb

 

1912 Abergeldie - Fung Shui.jpg
1912 Abergeldie - Fung Shui.jpg, by Grousehunter

 

1920s Kowloon Walled City
1920s Kowloon Walled City, by Moddsey

 

Click to see all recently added photos.