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Can you guess what the green, blue and orange sections are in the photograph?

And while you’re at it, can you also guess the year?

  1. Ignatius Chiew says:

    Photo found on page 13 of “IPOH: THE TOWN THAT TIN BUILT” published and edited for Ipoh Municipal Council by Phoenix Communications Limited and printed by The Straits Press (Malaya) Limited, May 31, 1962, when Ipoh received Municipality status.
    The caption says “Ipoh as it is today, taken over New Town, with Old Town in the middle distance on the right and Kinta Valley beyond”.
    The top of the original photo was cropped resulting in the above. The cropped part showed the Kinta Valley and hills.
    Green is a road, probably a major one – Hugh Low street? I can’t identify the blue and orange buildings.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Dear Ignatius

      You have a sharp eye!

      Yes, it’s an aerial photograph that has seen publication before, once or twice.

      And yes, at the top of the photo, in the centre, you can see a tiny arc of the Kinta as it winds its way downstream and out of town.

      And yes again, the green item is a road — but it’s not Hugh Low Street. The latter is in the photograph but it’s not really visible.

      Take another look?

      • Ignatius Chiew says:

        Dear Ipoh Remembered,

        From the thoughts shared by various people, I can say that if you follow the front of Ruby Cinema to the right, it will be Cathay and Lido Cinemas.
        I am sure other buildings and streets can be identified.

  2. Shen Ooi says:

    The Blue building is Ruby cinema. The Green Road is Cowan Street and the Orange building is where Cycle and Carriage was in Brewster Road.

  3. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear Shen Ooi

    You’re right: Blue is Ruby and Green is northern end of Cowan!

    Orange can be identified more clearly here (it’s the building on the left):


    So: Brewster Road — you’re right again!

  4. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear Shen Ooi … The Yik Foong building was not yet built when the photo was taken but if you stand at that intersection today, then Orange is the building diagonally across from Yik Foong. Built in the late ’30s, it was taken over in 1991 by Public Bank, who installed a new aluminium façade (the original building is more or less still there, behind the aluminium).

    If I’m not mistaken, Public Bank, at 27 years and counting, is the longest-standing occupant of the building.

  5. felicia says:

    We’ve had some comments on Facebook too:

    Jade Azizy “The blue building is Ruby theater, green is jalan Raja Ekram, orange is the former Cosmopoint college”

    Yew Fook Kwan “The first thing is recognized was Cathay and Lido Cinemas. The blue will be Ruby Cinema. The green will be Cowan St. The orange????some building behind Memory Lane. Since the orange is low rise, it can be Mercedes show-room.”

  6. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear Ignatius and Yew Fook Kwan … Yes, you’re both right, the Lido and Cathay theatres are visible!

    And yes, Jade Azizy is right about the Ruby Theatre and Jalan Raja Ekram (Cowan Street) — but as for “the former Cosmopoint College,” it used to occupy what was once the Ipoh Motors lot. Across Laxamana Road from that lot is the orange building (the latter a branch of Public Bank since 1991).

    And yes, Ignatius is right: the photograph was taken in the early 1960s. The Lido and Cathay theatres, as well as the MCA Building (also visible), were all built in the late 1950s.

    (felicia, thanks as always for transcribing Facebook comments. I would never have seen them otherwise.)

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