Text: The first building on the left is Jardine House (Jardine, Matheson & Co) - a building which was demolished in 1907. Painted advertisements: SMOKE SHEE[...] CIGARETTES / PUREST AND BEST; TRY HEINZ APPLE BUTTER; HEINZ 57 GOOD THINGS; THE MUTUAL STORES.
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This picture shows Des Voeux Road after the August 1926 typhoon (I think) in south-eastern direction (the smaller building on the right where the road bends to the left had the offices of the Dutch Indian Commercial Bank, the Nederlandsch-Indische Handelsbank, whose ground floor had been under water as well). The buliding covered with mats on the right is the Hong Kong Hotel which is being demolished after its fire. <Read more ...>
Armstrong's Auction rooms and other the Victoria Hall belonging to the late Mr. Dorabjee faced on Queen's Road and the Praya ( now Des Voeux Road and the whole intervening Iength of Pottinger Street.<Read more ...>