New on Gwulo: 2020, week 01 | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

New on Gwulo: 2020, week 01

Happy New Year! I hope you've enjoyed the recent holidays.

It's been a month since the last roundup of what's new on Gwulo.com, so there's lots to catch up on. As always, please click on the photos or the blue links for more information, and please leave a comment if you can add any new details.

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The glamorous life of the independent author.

Heading to the Post Office

 

Where am I heading to with my suitcases? An all-expenses-paid convention of history writers perhaps?

Then are the suitcases packed with warm clothes for winter in Europe, or with lighter clothes for a beach resort in Asia?

Let's open them up...

Books ready for a trip to the Post Office

 

They're the easiest way to ferry envelopes to our nearby post office!

The printer delivered the order of 1,000 copies of the new Gwulo book on Monday 16th December as promised, but the books didn't reach us until after lunch.

Delivery of Volume 3

 

That meant a hectic afternoon. But we had all the envelopes, labels, and packing slips ready, so we managed to get all of the international orders mailed out by the end of the day. I was expecting they'd only arrive at their destinations at the end of December, so I was very pleased to hear from customers in Australia, England, and the USA, that their copies had arrived in time for Christmas.

On Tuesday 17th we sent out the local Hong Kong orders, and most of them were received the next day. If you haven't received your copy yet, please let me know so I can track it down.

 

The only thing that looks better than a stack of boxes full of books is a stack of empty boxes!

Empty boxes

 

We sent out over 200 packages, as altogether you ordered over 250 copies during the pre-launch offer. I'm very grateful that you're willing to order a copy without having seen it. I'm really pleased with how the photos look in this latest volume, so hopefully you haven't been disapointed. Which leads me to...

 

Tell a friend

If Santa gave you a copy of the new book, please could you take a moment to give it a rating or a review on Amazon or Goodreads? They help encourage potential readers to take a closer look and consider buying a copy.

Or for a more personal approach, if you can think of any friends who might enjoy the book, please let them know about it. Word-of-mouth recommendations can't be beat!

 

Now available in bookstores

You can now find all three volumes of the Gwulo books on the shelves at Bleak House Books, branches of Bookazine, and the St John's Cathedral Bookstore

 

And online

Readers living outside Hong Kong can now order Volume 3 from Amazon.com (affiliate link*), and you're always welcome to order direct from Gwulo.com (with free international shipping for 2 or more copies!).

 

In the news too

Thanks to Angel at Bleak House Books for inviting me to their bookstore for a quick Q&A:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Bleak House Books (@bleakhousebookshk) on

 

And thanks to James Ross for inviting me onto RTHK's Morning Brew show for a longer chat about old Hong Kong photos and the new Gwulo book. (If you click that link, please scroll down to the last-but-one player, which has the segment with our chat.)

 


 

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Photos

Another view of Razor hill AA searchlight

Another view of Razor hill AA searchlight, by BattleshipTyson

 

LYM West Battery 6 Pdr QF Casemate 1892.jpeg

LYM West Battery 6 Pdr QF Casemate 1892.jpeg, by UKNA WO 78/5357

 

1960s The Globe Cinema

1960s The Globe Cinema, by Moddsey

 

Hong Kong Police C.I.D. Staff, November 1932

Hong Kong Police C.I.D. Staff, November 1932, by alhill

 

Burn Bros Ltd, London - Drain Cover

Burn Bros Ltd, London - Drain Cover, by Moddsey

 

1930s Kowloon wharf

1930s Kowloon wharf, by Eternal1966

 

Globe Fan Gardens front page

Globe Fan Gardens front page, by Brian Clift

 

1950s Kowloon Wharves

1950s Kowloon Wharves, by Moddsey

 

Wan Chai WRF.jpg

Wan Chai WRF.jpg, by William Richmond Fell

 

North Point Power Station

North Point Power Station , by Moddsey

 

Cathy-Pacific-DC6B-airliner-stiill-active.jpg

Cathy-Pacific-DC6B-airliner-stiill-active.jpg, by IDJ

 

1966 Hennessy Rd

1966 Hennessy Rd, by eternal1966e

 

1900s Bowen Road Viaduct

1900s Bowen Road Viaduct, by Moddsey

 

Colored postcard of C.1920s Roman Catholic Cathedral

C.1920s Roman Catholic Cathedral, by Turco-Egyptian Tocacco Store HK

 

Central Market (from Praya) 1895

Central Market (from Praya) 1895, by The National Archives UK

 

Central Market (from Queen's Road) 1895

Central Market (from Queen's Road) 1895, by The National Archives UK

 

Marine Dept Building_Oct_1982_012.jpg

Marine Dept Building_Oct_1982_012.jpg, by William Lack

 

Marine Dept Building_Oct_1982_031.jpg

Marine Dept Building_Oct_1982_031.jpg, by William Lack

 

Being carried to the top of Lantau Island

Being carried to the top of Lantau Island, by Raymond Smith

 

Wrecked Norwegian ship struck a rock off Cheung Chau 1

Wrecked Norwegian ship struck a rock off Cheung Chau 1, by Raymond Smith

 

Boele family archives: Hong Kong, dredger and Lei Yue Mun Pass, 1953

Boele family archives: Hong Kong, dredger and Lei Yue Mun Pass, 1953

 

Tytam Reservoir (400,000,000 Gallons).

Tytam Reservoir (400,000,000 Gallons)., by The National Archives UK

 

1945 D' Aguilar Street

1945 D' Aguilar Street , by eternal1966e

 

1956 Junction of Granville Road and Carnarvon Road

1956 Junction of Granville Road and Carnarvon Road, by eternal1966e

 

1910 Orient Tobacco Factory

1910 Orient Tobacco Factory, by Moddsey

 

1929 Methodist Sailors' and Soldiers' Home

1929 Methodist Sailors' and Soldiers' Home, by Eternal1966

 

1959 Junction of Granville Road and Carnarvon Road

1959 Junction of Granville Road and Carnarvon Road, by Eternal1966

 

Freddie Neale with his wife and daughter with Pixie Smith on right 2

Freddie Neale with his wife and daughter with Pixie Smith on right 2, by Raymond Smith

 

Miniature plane "Miss Tricity" 1

Miniature plane "Miss Tricity" 1, by Raymond Smith

 

Netherlands Harbour Works dredger-Taikoo Dockyard

Netherlands Harbour Works dredger-Taikoo Dockyard, by IDJ

 

Signal Hill at Tsim Sha Tsui

Signal Hill at Tsim Sha Tsui, by H.M.S Suffolk

 

Contributor SiliconDioxide welcomes any details about the who / when / where in a set of 1950s photos of scouting in Hong Kong. I've included a couple of samples below, and here's the link to the full set.

Scouts waving goodbye from dock, location unknown, c1952/53

Scouts waving goodbye from dock, location unknown, c1952/53, by 15th HKG Scout

 

15HKG Scouts at Tai Po Market Station, c1953

15HKG Scouts at Tai Po Market Station, c1953, by 15th HKG Scout

 

15HKG Scout Group Photo c1946 (post war)

15HKG Scout Group Photo c1946 (post war), by 15th HKG Scout

 

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