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Hotz s'Jacob & Co trade registration, Hong Kong Government Gazette, 1899, The Snake Brand

Charles Gesner van der Voort (1916-1991) had started his career in Rotterdam, at Holland-China Trading Company (HCHC). In 1938, he went to Shanghai for the firm. The Japanese interned him, and most other Dutch nationals, from 1943-45. In camp, he met his wife Nancy and they married after the war. After a leave in The Netherlands, they returned to the Orient, where Charles continued to work for HCHC in Hong Kong.

Holland-China Trading Company was founded in 1903. One of the founders was Mr. Hotz, whose Hotz 's Jacob and Company was already selling products in Hong Kong.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1899

Invitation card for the farewell party on the retirement of Raymond Smith

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1956

The card is a tribute to my father's well-known interest in snakes, showing him as a snake charmer. 

First record of a king cobra in Hong Kong

My father was a very keen collector of snakes. When he returned, holding it, on the bus to Hong Kong, all the other passengers got off! The photograph is misleading as the head of the cobra is not very visible just a few inches from the ground.

Lung Fu Shan PF Cell

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
2103
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A word of warning to anyone visiting the Lung Fu Shan PF Cells in the near future. Yesterday, 2-11-2013, a large snake had taken up residence inside the second “cell” from the top. Having looked into the building through the hole in its roof just a few minutes earlier, and seeing nothing of concern, I walked in through the door without thinking about the possibility of snakes within. A motion on the floor caught my eye, and there it was just in front of me, a snake about a meter long. Thankfully it was already slithering away towards a pile of debris into which it disappeared.

Snake

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
2010

Snake

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
2010
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