Post office's Kowloon sorting office [c.1946-c.1967]
[Jun 2019 Update: the building is confirmed to be the sorting office, see the comments below.]
I'm looking for any information about, and especially any clear photos of this building, for a project I'm working on. Please can anyone help?
It was a low building, in two long sections, each with a single, sloping roof. It was on the south side of Salisbury Road, opposite the YMCA. You can see it directly above the car and motorbikes in this 1949 photo:
I believe the building was the post office's Kowloon Sorting Office, and possibly also the Army Post Office.
Here's a brief mention from page 24 of The Government and the People:
The Post Office has three main mail centres, the General Post Office in Hong Kong, the Kowloon Sorting Office in Salisbury Road and a modern air mail centre at Kai Tak, to which air mail from all offices is circulated.
Here's a better description of the building and its surroundings. It's a google translation of the original (see bottom of http://www.cpa-hk.net/postCHAN/2004-10/200410.htm), but the meaning is fairly clear:
Kowloon Central Post Office from the 1967 began to serve the public, due to Lishibali Road, Tsim Sha Tsui letter sorting sparse enough space applications ( ie Kowloon the Sorting Office) . The site was originally left behind by the British military postal department down at a time when the Tsim Sha Tsui ( ie KPO --- Kowloon Post Office / Tsim Sha Tsui) was built in 1928 Between, was not enough applications where a 1950 -year era, received British military postal department The office (APO --- Army Post Office) , although the venue is not connected, can only be reached within two minutes by foot. As for the utilization of the middle open space, the fire department is trained by the Tsim Sha Tsui Fire Station.
On this 1963 map, the two long buildings are divided into two L-shaped sections, possibly showing a split between the civilian and military use.
I've guessed the years this building existed to be 1946-1968: I don't see it in any pre-WW2 photos, instead this was an open area with now buildings. The quote above suggests the sorting office moved to the new Kowloon Central Post Office when it opened in 1967.
This building is shown at the end of the 1955 movie, Soldier of Fortune. You can watch it on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w38jwdbz9Y) - jump to 1:34:12 to see the scene.
Any corrections, extra details, and especially leads to any sharp photos welcome!