As you can guess, the tall gentleman in the middle is none other than D R Seenivasagam. Do you recognise the others in this picture?
We can’t offer you flowers from this famous florist…just a receipt On another note…did you notice the 6 cents stamp?
Yes, there was once a cinema hall named Princess Theatre. No, not in Ipoh…but in Kampar. Remember what it looked like? Here’s a picture (courtesy of Charlie Choong) to jog your memory
In this 1959 photograph, our donor (Charlie Choong) can be seen posing on the steps of the Birch Clock Tower. Note the bust in the background
Back in the day, if you didn’t know what to eat on a Saturday night you could just head to the Station Hotel. Their dinner menu on 15th October 1955 would definitely NOT leave you hungry
Anyone remember this parade? Special thanks to Charlie Choong for these photographs.
It’s not a very good picture, as it was taken from a scan of the Voyager Magazine (thank you SK!)….but the gentleman here is none other than Rev Dr Ho Seng Ong. He was once the Principal of ACS, Ipoh – as well as a pastor of Wesley Church.
We mentioned before about a Lido Cinema in Taiping. Here’s another view of the same building (which, according to Ruth Iversen Rollitt, is now a Karaoke Hall :O ).
On the left is a picture of Ngah Ibrahim’s fort, which was built in 1865 (picture courtesy of Ipoh Remembered). On the right is a picture of the same building, taken in 2009 by Ian.
Toolbox? Not quite…it’s actually a set of instruments used by draughtsmen. Yes, before computers took over, building plans and such were drawn by hand! This Rotring set is boxed in a leatherette case with a velvet lining; incidentally Rotring is a German technical writing and drawing instruments company based in Hamburg.
According to the business card (above), this photo studio operated from No.7 Chamberlain Road, Ipoh. Does anyone remember this studio?
Yes, you read it right. For those ( like me ) who have never heard of such a thing, well check out the picture below.
This is indeed a driver’s license. It was said to be from 1987. Did you own such a license? I wonder when this was replaced with a laminated card (as in the driver’s license of today).
A long time ago, a featured two sketches from a local artist (who’s also an alumni of ACS). Some of you may recognise his work (see picture below). Yes, this is another drawing from Amiruddin Mohd Daud’s collection. Together with his wife, they are quite involved with charity and fund raising activities; 10% of the sale […]
This photograph was taken high up from a nearby building. Yes, it’s the Yau Tet Shin Market. You can also see some of the shophouses in Cockman Street.
Calling all scouts out there! Do you remember this training booklet?
We once featured an old railway ticket. Today, we’re showcasing a platform ticket. Yes, it cost 20 cents!
Yes, that’s what it says on this advertisement! Have you come across similar advertisements in the past?
How much did YOU pay for electricity back in 1977? Well, according to this bill (below) Madam Koo paid $ 4.67 (June-July 1977). Imagine paying only this much today…
While sorting through our collection of photographs, artifacts, documents and such, sometimes we come across ‘mysterious’ things – such as this metal badge. Have you heard of the Crusader Magazine?
I can’t help but wonder if the label was meant to say ‘lychee’ instead of ‘lichee’. But then again, I could be wrong…maybe ‘lichee’ was the type of leaf / herb added to the tea? I’m sure the Chinese tea lovers out there would know better
We believe that this was the Ipoh Federal Building on Club Road (now Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang). Would anyone happen to know more about this place?
This picture is a follow up to a previous blog entry. We thank Ipoh Remembered for his untiring efforts (and creativity!) in producing this picture – complete with labels of the various landmarks in Ipoh Old Town. More details (also provided by Ipoh Remembered) can be found on the database entry.
When was the last time you saw THIS coin?
Our donors told us that this was taken in the 1950s, outside the Perak Education Department offices. Seated 4th from the left is Sinniah S/O Sinnathamby (Inspector of Indian Schools, Perak).
Remember the time when palm trees lined up Club Road? Neither do I Jokes aside, I’m sure those trees stood there for quite a while, before bowing to ‘development’. Since the Town Hall can be seen in the background, I’m making a wild guess as to the date of this postcard; I’m thinking…1920? Perhaps the […]
Those flats look familiar, don’t they? Also note the river…back in the late 1980s, the water was still clear
Yes, we’ve featured calendars with pretty women before. No, we’re not selling this particular calendar. What we’d like to know is: have any of you seen this calendar, which was printed for G.E.C.? If so, do you recognise the famous face gracing the month of July?
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I remember picture cards, posters, and even the more modern audio/visual teaching aids. But I’ve not seen one like this (pictured below). This teaching aid was said to be used to explain the concept of pi π. Let’s hear from the teachers out there….have any of you used such aids?
Recognise this drawing? Were you any good at it? Did you have ‘flying’ competitions with your friends? Ok, own up…how many of you played with paper planes? We’d also like to hear from the model airplane enthusiasts. I’ll admit I had paper dolls once. Spent hours designing, colouring and cutting out clothes for them
At 18 years old, this gentleman started working in a tin mine under the guidance of his uncle. Years later, using his accumulated savings, he managed to buy the Chung Thye Phin Villa and helped convert it into a private hospital. Ever the philanthropist, this same gentleman also set up Shen Jai High School. I […]
I’m sure many of you can guess what this is Yes, these are cake pans used to make the famous Nian Gao – which is made from glutinous rice. While it can be eaten all year round, traditionally it is most popular during Chinese New Year. It is considered good luck to eat nian gao during this time, […]
Here’s another photo from Michael Ho’s collection. This one was taken on 14th July 1966, during a dinner held in honour of Rev Bro Assistant Superior General. We think this was probably held at the school hall of St Michael’s Institution. Do you recognise any of the gentlemen in this group?
Yes, we’ve featured this famous bridge and street numerous times. But what I’m curious about is the building next to the Lam Looking building. In the tinted photo, it looks like just another shophouse. In the 1989 photo however, this same building seems to have undergone a massive makeover. Can anyone tell us more about […]
Enjoy this nostalgic photo from 1957. Happy Thaipusam from all of us at:
Today’s blog picture is from Sybil de Roquigny (via email). She tells us that this is the embankment (with a flight of steps) in front of her grandmother’s house; if you stand at the top, you get a good view of the Kinta River. Sybil’s grandmother – Chow Yoon Soo – was the second wife […]
Before you ask, yes…we’ve checked on Google maps, and this shop doesn’t seem to exist now. Perhaps it has been replaced by another business….or maybe it now goes by another name. If so, do you know what happened to Heng Kee Paper Merchants?
No, not another Royal…not the King of Rock & Roll either. We’re talking about the King of Fruits! Yes…the DURIAN! This photograph was taken in 1995, according to our donor. From the buildings in the background, can you guess where this place is?
Have you ever had a musical box? This one pictured here is a Music Box Teaching Clock, which plays the tune “Grandfather’s Clock” while teaching the young ones how to tell the time the fun way!
…from tomorrow, anyway. Yes…tomorrow – 20th January – will mark 144 years since the Treaty of Pangkor was signed. Unfortunately we do not have a photo of the Treaty signing. This photograph was taken on Pangkor Island, 9 months after the treaty was signed, in September 1875 when Sir William Jervois visited Perak. At that time Perak […]
Do you know these VIPs? Ok, we’ll make it easier for you Seated on the extreme right is none other than S P Seenivasagam. Next to him is of course Sultan Idris and the lady beside him is his Consort (Che Puan Negara Aminah). And how can we forget Lau Pak Khuan – seated […]
Let’s see if the Michaelians remember this one (see pictures below): Recognise the costumes? The actors? The title of the play? I only recognise Bro Pius Kelly, standing in the back (between the ‘gentleman’ with the top hat and the ‘maiden’).
Is your teacher in this group? If yes, do point him/her out to us? The only one I recognise here is Bro Ultan Paul.
Yes, this IS Clayton Road – named after Mr R J B Clayton who retired as British Adviser in Kelantan, in November 1930. He was also the brother of Tubby Clayton, founder of Toch H during the Great War.
Yes, that’s what I’d like to ask our local coffee drinkers out there. How come this particular bag of coffee came in 11 kilos? I always thought such goods were packed in either even numbered weights or in multiples of 5 (or basic 1 kilo or 1/2 kilo). Could it be a misprint? Or, did this […]
This was not a posed photograph. In fact, this was a common scene during the Second World War – when expatriates stopped at the Ipoh Railway Station, on their way to Singapore. When Penang was invaded by the Japanese in 1941, all European Service Families had to be evacuated. It may not be clear, due […]
Yes, this was taken at a funeral…no, we’re not in a morbid mood this Wednesday We’d just like to draw your attention to the building in the background (behind the bus and cars). Familiar?
click to enlarge This photo was taken on 8th December 1954. It was taken during the Marian Year Pageant. Were you part of this pageant? Recognise anyone in the group?
This was not taken in Ipoh, but we thought of sharing this rare find with all of you. These photos were part of a series, taken back in 1956 (some were faded, some were damaged). Here we have HRH the Duke of Edinburgh visiting a dredge in Jinjang. The gentleman in the dark sunglasses […]
A rechargeable battery, storage battery, secondary cell, or accumulator is a type of electrical battery which can be charged, discharged into a load, and recharged many times, as opposed to a disposable or primary battery, which is supplied fully charged and discarded after use. It is composed of one or more electrochemical cells. The term “accumulator” is used as it accumulates and stores energy through a […]
That’s what I used to call this ‘gadget‘. Have you used something like this for presentations? This was BEFORE everyone mastered MS PowerPoint
click image to enlarge We thank SK for sharing these stickers with us. Familiar, aren’t they? These stickers apparently came with MAD Magazine. Did you collect them? Were they part of a series?
Looks like the grand opening of a store in Ipoh. The back of these photographs say it’s the Premier Store, Ipoh (dated 11 Jan 1968). Any idea where in Ipoh this place was? The gentleman cutting the ribbon is none other than Sultan Idris Al-Mutawakkil Alallahi Shah, and the lady beside him is his consort […]
Back in the day, a cup of coffee at your local kopitiam didn’t cost that much. Neither did bottle of beer.
We’re talking about the lady on the left (in the glittery outfit). Recognise her? She’s none other than Sakura Teng – the Go-go Queen from the 1970s. Do you remember her? Were you a fan?
Anyone want to make a guess as to what this is?
Heard of a place called Pekan Getah? It is said to be about 2km from Tapah town. I’m sure some of you out there have a story or two to tell us about Pekan Getah. This photo shown above was probably taken in 1958, during the time the New Village was set up.
At one time, putting your long hair up in a bun was a popular style. Coloured pins, hair nets, fancy clips and alike were a rave. But have you ladies ever used something like this (pictured above) to secure your bun? A rather unique accessory, don’t you think?
After the Second World War and the Japanese occupation, parts of Malaya were devastated and the need for a similar organisation spawned the introduction of the British Red Cross into Malaya. The earliest Branches were set up in Sabah (then North Borneo ) in 1948. The first Red Cross Branch in Peninsular Malaysia was established […]
Here’s something for our local football fans. This article is from Mingguan Malaysia, dated 9 April 1972. Perak and Selangor were set to meet at the Merdeka Stadium. Did anyone of you catch the game? Did you have a chance to meet your favourite footballers?
Do you remember the old Tenby School building? The school once used the vicarage of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. For those who are curious, you can visit the school’s current website here.
I think this street sign speaks for itself, don’t you think?
The photo on the left was taken back in the 1940s, showing St Joseph School in Batu Gajah. The one on the right was taken from the Star Metro (dated 4 November 2017). This building was built as early as 1928, believe it or not. According to Star Metro, efforts are underway to restore this […]
We’d like to thank Vivien Lian for this photograph. She found it at an abandoned building along Tambun Road (a stone’s throw away from Sekolah Raja Perempuan Taayah). Do you recognise the people in it? Or, perhaps you recognise the building in the background? We’d like to hear your thoughts…
No, they are not part of the cast from the Whoopi Goldberg movie The only thing we know about these nuns is that one of them is Rev. Mother St. Jeanne. The question is which one is she? This picture was taken in the 1950s at Batu Gajah Convent…we need your help, Convent Girls!
Yes, one look at this machine and all that comes to my mind is: a bowl of shaved ice, drenched in brown sugar syrup and topped with jelly (of various shapes, sizes and colours), kidney beans, sweet corn and peanuts. Oh, and not forgetting a dash of santan too! Ah, bet some of you are […]
The year was 20 June 1962, when King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit arrived in Kuala Lumpur. This was part of their state long visit. On 24 June, the Royal couple stopped by Ipoh. (pictures below taken from New Sunday Times, 22 October 2017)
That’s what the caption of the photograph said. This is a rather interesting view of the Kinta River, with the houses on both sides of the bank. If you squint, you can see the bridge too. Which bridge this is, your guess is as good as mine Special thanks to the National Archives, UK, […]
Here we have the living room of Charles Alma Baker’s residence (once upon a time) in Batu Gajah. This large space included a 12-seater dining table, several sofas and easy chairs, and Chinese antiques. The Master of this house and his guests were kept cool by a punkah. If you look closely, you’ll also notice […]
This is a photograph of a pure natural bristle toothbrush, made in England by Saxony. How many of you have seen such an artifact, eh?
Heard of the Grand Hotel? It opened on 16th December 1909 and was Ipoh’s first European style hotel. But who was the Founder of this hotel? None other than Mr Pierre Z Creet. Here he is pictured with his daughter, Mignon Betty, in the early 1940′s.
We thank Thomas Lee for sharing this photograph with us. These happy children seem every excited about their lanterns. Did YOU own such a lantern when you were their age?
This postcard, from the J. J. Series, shows Selibui Road in Ipoh. We believe the postcards from this series ranged from 1905 – 1910. From what we found out from the book ‘Perak Postcards: 1890s-1940s‘, this photo probably shows the early intake dam and waterworks in Selibin (Silibin today). To quote from the book: “Water […]
Heard of this brand? Yes? No? These matches are locally made. Don’t believe me, check out the next picture. Yes, this brand is made in Teluk Intan.
We’ve all heard the usual salesmen rhetoric about ‘magical’ products. But have you heard of Miraculous Insecticide Chalk? If you’ve used it before, we’d like to know if it works. Also, do you use it like regular chalk?
Not to be confused with the German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner, this souvenir is from Wagner Piano – a local company set up by A C Hoe and his wife. Now, the mystery: if you look at the picture closely, you’ll notice the words “established since 1920″. But according to the Wagner Piano story, this […]
As the story goes…… “in 1889 two brothers, Édouard Michelin and André Michelin, ran a rubber factory in Clermont-Ferrand, France. One day, a cyclist whose pneumatic tire needed repair turned up at the factory. The tire was glued to the rim, and it took over three hours to remove and repair the tire, which then needed to be […]
When was the last time YOU saw such a suitcase? I do wonder how much one could put in one of these…
…the Ipoh Trade School? It was founded in 1930, to what we know. The initial intake was 25 young men of which 23 were Malays with 1 Chinese and 1 Indian. The Chief Instructor was transferred from the Federated Malay States Railways Central Workshops and his assistant from the Kuala Lumpur Trade School. The students’ […]
Thanks to SK, we have the following photograph – which was taken at the BWF World Senior Badminton Championships 2017. From left to right: Foo Lai Loon (MS 70+ ); Chan Wan Seong (MS60+); Loo Ah Hooi & Ching Kon Kong (MD70+) SK also shared the following message from Chan Wan Seong: BWF World […]
Have you heard of the Iskandar Shah School?
No, we’re not joking. This delicacy can be found right here in Ipoh – at Restoran Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung, Jalan Ali Pitchay. Have any of you tried this? Do tell us about your culinary adventure!
This photo is from Michael Ho’s collection. Here we have a Form One class from St Michael’s Institution, back in 1980. Michaelians, do you recognise yourselves?
This camera had 4 (yes, 4) lenses, and a built-in flash too. Yes, I’m talking about the Polaroid MiniPortrait 403. Did you have your portrait taken with one of these cameras?
We’re not encouraging you to take up smoking; we’re just curious to know if any of you remember Lucky Strike Filters Could you buy these tins off the rack at your local grocery store? Or were they sold by the man who rode on a cigarette tricycle? Should you wish to see a real cigarette tricycle, […]
Come visit us at Sarang Paloh. Our exhibition will be from today 5th Sept till 10th Sept 2017, 5pm – 9pm. This exhibition is part of the festivities of The Other Festival, organised by Kakiseni. ps: bring along your cameras
Here’s a picture (from Mohd Taib) of Hugh Low Street, back in August 1957, all decorated for the occasion. wishes all of you Happy Merdeka! Can you believe it’s been 60 years already?
Have you seen the Federation Flag? Do you remember what it looked like? We have one in our collection (see below) Notice the difference between this flag and our present one?
…you saw something like this? Some of you may already know what this is. Well, let me just say that our famed Star Barber once used this tool…
Have you heard of the Perak Institute of Electronics (PIE)? We’re hoping someone out there can help us out with this little mystery…
We thank Sybil for this class photograph, showing the students and teachers from the HIJ Convent (now SM Convent), Ipoh. Sybil managed to provide some names (click here); however, we still need more Convent Alumni, you girls up for the challenge?
Basket? Tray? Bowl? No…this is actually a shield! Yes, I kid you not…..see a picture of this item in use here!
Here’s another NST picture, showing the ‘hello girls’ (as they were called). These girls worked at the Ipoh Telephone Exchange once upon a time. Dewi (wearing a checkered dress), and her sister Jamilah (face towards to camera) both worked 6-hour shifts at the Exchange. This picture is dated 1st November 1953.
This NST picture shows people collecting their rice rations from one of the 19 distribution points in Sungai Siput. The gentleman in the foreground is See Khoon Lim, the then chairman of the local council; on his left is K. Sockalingam, then police chief of Sungai Siput. This picture is said to be dated 10 August […]
Does anyone recall there being a photo studio along Market Street, Ipoh?
This lady needs no introduction….I think EVERYONE knows who she is Rose Chan was born Chan Wai Chang in Soochow, China, in 1925 to acrobat parents. She arrived in Kuala Lumpur at the tender age of six. Despite having no formal education, she demonstrated her entrepreneurial spirit at an early age of 12 by charging […]
Do you have a favourite birthday memory? We’d like to hear about it…just for nostalgia’s sake. Here’s a nice photo of Honey Lim, celebrating her 2nd birthday.
How many of you remember The Drifters? How many of you saw them perform at the Rex Cinema? How many of you remember the dragons on the walls, which ‘watched over’ the cinema goers?
Today’s famous person was also known as the ‘Protector of Chinese’. One of his main duties was to monitor the Chinese Secret Societies. The Protector also held the responsibility for the registration of Chinese brothels, the owner, the Mamasan and the working girls, and inspecting the premises to maintain laid down standards of hygiene and accommodation. Still […]
When I visit the local kopitiam, I can’t help but stop and stare at such hawkers (like in the above photo). It’s fascinating to watch them cut up the meat with their ever-sharp cleaver, and they are really quick (I wouldn’t dare attempt such a feat at home, lest I loose my fingers!). Is it […]
Yes, you read it right! Don’t these ladies look lovely? Special thanks to Ong Wei Mei for the above photograph, which was taken in 1966.
Here’s a fun fact: This building was opened by the British Resident of Perak, Mr R W Thomson, in 1928. This building was also the 3rd Ipoh Court House (read about the others here).
Back in the day, many of us were ‘recycling’ old tins and boxes. Like this W&R Jacob & Co biscuit tin – which was turned into a sewing kit. What else did YOU ‘recycle’ or ‘reuse’ back then?
Does anyone remember these lovely ladies and their hula hoops? Well, I’m sure some of you do. These ladies performed at the Lido Theatre; at one time, it was common to see such performances at cinemas.
Not a fashion-buff, but perhaps Kian Fatt was one of those modern-day clothing stores back then. Does anyone remember this place?
Have you heard of ‘Bullock Park’. No, I’m not making it up…this is what it says on the back of this photograph.
Before the invention of stainless steel, knives were very hard to keep clean and shiny. If they got too wet, they would get rusty and water could leak down into the handles, which were made of wood or bone. After simply wiping the knives after use, Victorian maids would use this special knife-cleaning machine to […]
I wonder how many of you remember this advertisement. We got this off the back back of an old exercise book. What other products were advertised on the back of exercise books during your school days? During my school days, the backs of our exercise books had no adverts – just the Rukunegara and probably […]
Does this building look familiar? We’d like to know more about this kindergarten – especially when it began.
…a rotary dial phone? I remember having one at home….and I also remember how my small fingers kept getting stuck in those number holes Well, here’s some nostalgia for you (see picture below).
Today, if you want to know the schedule at your local cinema all you need is the Internet Yes, everything is available online now – you can even buy your tickets online too! What about back then in the 1930s? Here we have a flyer from 1938, advertising movies showing at the Sun Cinema and […]
PS: Those of you heading back to your home town, drive safely…
Here’s a question for our Teluk Anson readers: Do you remember when these trucks were first used? For those of you who didn’t know, Teluk Anson (now known as Teluk Intan) was originally Teluk Mak Intan (Mak Intan Bay), named after a widowed trader (Mak Intan) who was trading across the Straits of Malacca. [you can […]
click to enlarge We thank Ruth Rollitt for this 1957 photograph. The lady in the trishaw is Mrs Iversen – yes, the same Iversen who built a number of iconic buildings in Ipoh (like the Telekom building along Cockman Street, the Geological Museum, as well as quite a few cinemas). Do you see the […]
Special thanks to Oon Eng Hock (and SK) for sharing the above photograph with us. Anderson Alumni might remember this special day…when the then Education Minister – En Mohd Khir Johari – (extreme right) visited the school for this exhibition. Oon is standing behind En Khir, and behind Oon is none other than the Principal […]
Here’s something cute for you, hope it chases away your Monday blues!
We thank Graham Barton for sharing this picture with us. He was once part of the 12th Infantry Regiment Workshop REME, at Gunung Panjang, Ipoh. Is that a ‘Beetle’ in the background, or do my eyes deceive me?
The Dingo Scout Car was a light armoured car built in Australia during Second World War. They were produced by the Ford motor company during 1942. (read more here) Have any of you seen one of these vehicles up close?
Here’s another photograph from Mohamad Sharizan’s collection. Do you recognise the building in the background? Where do you think it is…and, is it still there?
Familiar? Yes, we did have a Capitol Cinema in Ipoh once. But not anymore. However, the cinema shown in this picture does not look like the one in Ipoh. But I could be wrong. Where do you think this cinema is? Is it still there?
Today’s celebrity was born in 1880 in Fuzhou (Fujian Province, China). Considered to be one of the elite Chinese in Ipoh, he became the Secretary and Attorney of Towkay Foo Choo Choon. He was also very influential in the Perak Chamber of Commerce. In 1924 he joined the Kinta Sanitary Board; 3 years later he […]
When was the last time you saw THIS thing? Those who do remember are probably eager to share a comment or two…
…a British Army Field Phone, dating back to WW II? Well, feast your eyes on these pictures below!
According to the caption of this photo, the man being rammed by a tree trunk (right) is Khoo Way Poon. Perhaps this was a martial-arts demonstration. Do you remember the event? More importantly, do you know Khoo Way Poon?
Car-lovers, can you guess what type of car this is?
Any Alumni from the Malayan Teachers’ College – Brinsford Lodge out there? If you’re reading this, do you recognise these gentlemen? We thank Mohamad Sharizan for the above photograph.
picture courtesy of: Mohamad Sharizan bin Mohd. Supian No, this isn’t a scene from the movie Grease…..neither is this a very young version of John Travolta We just thought of sharing this cute picture with all of you.
Our featured Celebrity was born in Wuhua, Guandong, China. He began as an apprentice in the Menglembu Tin Mines. His hard work eventually paid off when he could afford to run his own tin mines. He was also quite a philanthropist. Among his many good deeds include: Treasurer of Yuk Choy High School, and […]
I’ve visited a few of the cave temples in Ipoh…but I must say I’m stumped with this postcard. Do you recognise which temple it is?
In 1893, an actual Merryweather was ordered from London and delivered to Ipoh. Horse-drawn and manned by Sikhs (under Police supervision), it was capable of pumping up to 600 gallons of water per minute. It was also said to be the fastest vehicle (at that time) in the country! What does a Merryweather look like? Well, […]
This steamboat is ‘powered’ by charcoal. Yes, I kid you not! This brass object is divided into the base, pot and lid. The soup is placed in the pot, which is heated by the charcoal in the base. I’ve never eaten out of one of these…have you?
Ever wondered about the origins of your favourite laundry detergent / soap? Such soaps once came in bars, before the modern powdered and liquid form. Which is why I’d like to draw your attention to the picture above. Recognise this brand? Have any of you used it before?
No, not the dessert craved by chocolate-lovers….rather the type of camera – the Brownie No.2! This one here is a special edition model, made in conjunction with the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Did YOU have any souvenirs from any special occasion?
Calling all you nimble-feet folk! How many of you remember the Celestial Dance Bar?
How many of you remember this game? What about the rules? Care to give us a ‘demonstration’?
No, not our website….but this beautiful icon of Ipoh is said to be turning 100 years old this year! This special heritage building was even mentioned in the Star recently (read the article here).
We have here a postcard from V. Radnell, showing an Indian trader at the wet-market, former Super Kinta. Anyone remember him..or this stall?
These two postcards show a Then and Now view of the famous Hugh Low Bridge, which connects New Town and Old Town in Ipoh. We know such pictures often lead to a debate between preserving the ‘old’ and embracing the ‘new’. However, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this
Here we have the entrance to the Tronoh Mines, all decorated for the National Day celebrations. Have any of you visited this mine?
Ever seen something like this? It’s a collage made from Japanese Occupation stamps! We thank Ruth Iversen Rollitt for sharing this with us. Incidentally, this souvenir was made by one of Ruth’s late father’s draughtsmen.
We thank Ann Kesselring Hamon for this photo – taken at an alumni gathering of ACS boys. The gentleman in the centre is none other than Ralph Kesselring! According to Ann, this photograph was taken in 1956. Do you recognise some of the faces?
I’m sure you’ve heard of Robin Hotel. Do you know the history behind this place? Looking forward to reading your comments
Believe it or not, this model dates back to the late 1800s. No, we’re NOT pulling your leg Apart from the dust and rust, it’s still functioning….even the little bell rings clearly!
We thank Ruth Iversen Rollitt for the photograph (below). She told us that her late husband Donald Baxter was rather fond of the game of golf. We believe that the gentleman posing with the golf club is Donald. Now, does anyone recognise the others in the group?
How many of you have heard of Cow & Gate? Apparently it was started by two brothers from Surrey, UK.
….with a tin mine in Tambun! According to our picture-source (Heritage Asia, Feb-Apr 2008), the above mine was opened by Leong Fee in 1902. Leong Fee of course was also the founder of Han Chin Villa (Han Chin Pet Soo). Pssst…despite Han Chin Pet Soo being a gentlemen’s club back then, you can actually visit […]
picture source: Heritage Asia magazine, January-March 2007 The first headquarters of the British in Kinta was Kota Bharu, the lowest landing stage on the Kinta River, and also the river port for the important mining centre of Gopeng. However, Kota Bharu was so malarial that it had to be abandoned, and in 1884 the capital […]
This picture was taken off Heritage Asia magazine, back in 2004. The description reads as: Perak, as in many parts of Malaysia, has a large number of pre-war and colonial shop-houses. Distinctive in their decorative sturdy look with sculpted openings and large columns guarding the shaded five-foot ways, they were the mainstay of retail business […]
“Hassan Abd. Muthalib, Toko Seni and Bapa Animasi, was with SW last August,and he agreed to come back and conduct a workshop on movies in Ipoh. This is also the first workshop conducted by SW and if the response is good,Pak Hassan has agreed to conduct five more, as an extension to the first […]
These bulbs could be used for torchlights, radio panels and bicycle lamps too. I do wonder; were they long-lasting bulbs?
We haven’t had a guessing-game in a while. Does anyone recognise this object? If you do, then perhaps you could also tell us what it was used for…
We featured Van Houten some time ago, and many of you shared your thoughts on it. Today we’d like to know if any of you are familiar with Droste Cocoa – a product by a Dutch company founded in 1863. Was it as famous as Van Houten?
I’m sure many of you are familiar with this gadget…
Ian Horgan is trying to reconnect with a long lost mate, whom he shared a room with back in 1979/1980 in England. Here’s what he wrote: I am writing to you to ask for your help in finding an old room-mate, Alan Tan. I shared a room with Alan back in 1979/80 in a house […]
It’s obvious that the writer of the above article had a good time in Perak recently. We’re glad he and his friends enjoyed themselves. We’re also glad that they visited our Hakka Museum (ref. to the area highlighted in blue). ps: Have YOU visited the Hakka Museum lately? If not, what are you waiting for?
Could this have been one of your well-loved toys as a child? Or, maybe you prefered model aeroplanes? I recall ‘falling in love’ with LEGO, as a child. Before that, my brother and I fought over Hot Wheels toy cars
….when the Royal Ipoh Club celebrated its 100 year anniversary? It wasn’t that long ago – 1995 to be exact. I’m sure some of you members out there remember something….
Looks like a wooden bird, but it’s not quite a wooden bird. This is said to be a tool used in paddy planting. Does anyone here know HOW it’s used? UPDATE: We received this from our reader Ngai, who recently visited the Rice Production Museum in Kedah. Apparently this tool pictured above is known as […]
click to enlarge We thank Steven Kan for the above photograph – showing Form 5 Science 3, of Anderson School, back in the mid 1970s. And just in case some of you can’t recall the names of the people in the above photograph, here are their names:
We thank Ian for sharing these photos with us. Ian Sheldrick used to study at BACS Ipoh from October 1962 – October 1964. The photos he shared with us were taken during the school’s Sports Day. Any BACS Alumni out there? Are you in any of these pictures?
No, I didn’t make that up! Apparently (as stated in good ‘ol Wikipedia), the ‘HP’ in this popular brand actually stands for Houses of Parliament! Just a show of hands – how many of you knew this little trivia?
“Commonly made of bamboo, plastic, wood or stainless steel, Chopsticks were first used by the Chinese. This later spread to various parts of the world through cultural influence or through Chinese immigrant communities. How does one use chopsticks? Well, the lower chopstick is stationary, and rests at the base of the thumb, and between the ring […]
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This photograph – from Sybil de ROQUIGNY-IRAGNE – was taken at Kam Loong Restaurant, back in the 1960s. They were celebrating a relative’s 60th birthday! Yes, the Year of the Rooster is upon us…and some of us are already in a party-mood Does anyone have a funny story to share…about something that happened during a […]
Have you heard of this company before – Sharikat Sim Lim (M)? It used to be along Brewster Road (as seen in the picture above). For those who are still staring at this picture in disbelief, yes…Brewster Road used to be a two-way street once…. We thank Chan Kok Keong for the above picture.
…a collector of those Nestle labels? The one we have below had a simple recipe printed on the back. My aunt and I used to collect some of these back then. Then I decided to paste them in an old diary. Do they still print such things today? On a lighter note…were you also a recipe-hoarder?
We thank Pat Price (from Sydney) for this picture. Price was formerly an engineer with Anglo-Oriental. This dredge was said to be in Kampong Gajah, Perak. Perhaps you’re wondering why the dredge buckets are all lined up on the extreme right. Back in 1976, one of the dredge buckets broke; hence, fixing the problem was […]
…that the YMCA Ipoh building used to be along Cockman Street? Check out the pictures below Apparently, this premise later became the home for Lido Cinema. Does anyone remember this building? Here’s a group photo of the YMCA members, taken outside the Cockman Street building.
Here’s a multilingual sign to keep you guys busy…
photo from: Lay Jin Chew Here’s another river scene, from one side of the Hugh Low Bridge. Can you see the wooden bench near the lamp post? I doubt there’s such a thing there today. Even the bridge is different now. But don’t let all the changes discourage you from enjoying this nostalgic photograph.
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I’m sure everyone recognises the gentleman seated in the middle. Yes, he’s none other than Rev Bro Vincent Corkery – of St Michael’s Institution. The photograph was part of a tribute to Bro Vincent, congratulating him on his award (he was conferred the title ‘Dato’ back in 2014). In this same tribute were some of […]
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Looking at this picture (from Lay Jin Chew), I couldn’t help but wonder how much Ipoh’s landscape has changed over the years. Could that bridge (far left) be part of the Hugh Low Bridge, or part of the Birch Bridge? I would also like to draw your attention to the area on the left of […]
Here’s another postcard picture from the early 1900s. Does anyone recognise the bridge? I also see rickshaws in a distance, but no other clues as to WHERE this place is. Could it be the outskirts of Ipoh, if not the town itself?
That’s what it says on the back of this postcard. So, ‘detectives’…can you guess which road, or where this place is? I’ll admit I’m stumped
…when many a shop used doors like these (picture above). Remember them? Reminds me of those saloons in Western movies.
I’ve never heard of such a thing, but apparently it did exist once. I’m talking about paraffin gauze. Any First-Aid experts out there? Perhaps you could share more details about this product. From what I found out, the paraffin prevents the gauze from sticking to the open wound…
Yes, Ipoh streets today are not as quiet as they used to be…as you can see in the picture below (from Lay Jin Chew). Care you make a guess as to WHERE this street is?
Have you seen such a uniquely shaped spoon? I wonder if that little piece jutting out is meant to rest on the rim of the tea cup…
Rather BIG for an egg beater, don’t you think? Or, maybe just to fold egg-whites into the batter..in really large bowls! But I haven’t seen pastry/cake shops use these. What do YOU think?
How many of you remember this guide book? Was it a must-have among students back in the late 1950s / early 1960s?
No, we’re not exposing any celebrity or political scandal Instead, we have here original press photographs from The Telegraph Newspapers Co. Ltd. These photos date back to 1950, during the fight against Communists. Flight Lt. A J De Saville and co-pilot P3 W J Sullivan, flying over Ipoh just before the bombing run A bomb […]
From what we know, these stamps were once famous in Britain (not sure about now though). Did they have something similar here in Malaya back in the 60s and 70s?
How many of you remember Osram light bulbs? Are they still in production? This advertisement came with fuse wires (for 5 Amp and 15 Amp).
We’ve heard from the car lovers, the food lovers, the history buffs too. Now, we’d like to hear from the music lovers…have you ever played the mandolin? The one shown here is said to be from the 1930s.
The photo doesn’t really show this once famous bakery, but you can see the sign on the wall (extreme right). I vaguely remember this bakery, which was a family-run business. One of the daughters (or maybe the grand daughter) was my classmate in primary school. Sadly, we lost touch in later years. I never got […]
Of late, Ipoh old town has been getting increasingly popular — it’s great, but everyone also goes to the same spaces for the same experiences.We know there is plenty to learn of Ipoh old town, many more places and stories to explore and uncover. So we’ll be working with Doodle Malaysia to draw out a […]
We thought we’d tease you all today…with this little artifact. Do you know what this is? Apparently, it’s a ‘modesty cap’ for little boys? Don’t believe us, look at the photo below!
We took this off the 1977 edition of the AMCIAN – the Ave Maria Convent school magazine. This is an aerial view of the school building and the surroundings. We’ve had a lot of feedback from SMI, ACS, NTPS, and even HIJ Convent Alumni over the years…but not much from the Ave Maria Convent girls. […]
On the occasion of HRH’s birthday, DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah from all of us at:
From what we know, there was a parade in Ipoh town back in 1947 – in support of the Kuomintang. We believe the above picture (from Lay Jin Chew) was taken at the same parade, which ran through the streets of Ipoh. Can anyone guess which street this is? On that note, do you know […]
This sundry shop was once at 40 Jalan Lee Kwee Foh, in Canning Garden. But that was back in the 1960s – 1970s. This shop was later taken over by a book store. Does anyone remember the sundry shop…or even the owner?
May the joy, cheer, mirth and merriment of this divine festival surround you forever. May the happiness, which this Deepavali season brings lasts forever. From all of us at:
Texas Instruments made a line of laptops called “Travel Mate”. The 4000E meets the system requirements for DOS, Windows 3.x and 95, but not Windows 98. According to the manual, it came with 4MB of memory, which could be upgraded to as much as twenty megabytes. (read more here) Could this have been one […]
Imagine this: you’re travelling along a random road in Ipoh, and you encounter a car, a bullock-cart and bicycle moving one behind the other in the opposite lane! It might have been a familiar sight back in the 1960s, but not today. We thank Alan for the above photograph.
They say chocolate is comfort-food. Well, as a chocoholic myself I agree with that statement. It’s either a few pieces broken off a big bar, or even good ‘ol chocolate ice cream. Sometimes, it’s a nice cup of rich, hot cocoa (with some marshmallows, if I can find them at the store!). How do YOU […]
Media Masters will be organising a book sale next week. Check out the poster below. Do mark these dates on your calendar!
Anyone remember this wine merchant from Clare Street? Is this shop still in business?
Shocking but true. While we’re busy building new structures, our heritage sites are paying the price. Some are either ignored or just left to ‘fend’ for themselves. One such place is the famed Tambun Caves which recently fell victim to vandals. As the Star Metro report states: ” The prehistoric cave drawings are still there, […]
This was taken during the 4th AGM of Shaw Organisation’s Employees Welfare Association (Ipoh branch). Do you recognise anyone in the photograph? Were you once part of the Shaw ‘cinema family’? If so, we’d love to hear from you….
Recognise this place? Familiar, right? Perhaps the next two pictures will give you more clues. In case you’re wondering why we put these up, this is just to show you what’s become of those food stalls in the area. They have their very own food court now….and as you can see, the area […]
Some of you may recognise the street. It may or may not be Ipoh…but that’s not important. What we would like to know is, do any of you remember the brand Dutch Baby?
Stuffy noses ‘fear’ this very potent rub….I wonder if their original formula has changed over the years. I recall a recent purchase of a small bottle of Vicks which was made in India. I don’t know what was added to the original formula, as I found the scent was different from the usual bottles […]
Feeling tired? Need a pick-me-up? Take Yeast-Vite! From what we found out, these tablets contained not only caffeine but also Vitamin B1 and B2. Looks like they had Vit.B supplements back then too
Have you used these to write? Perhaps not…maybe your parents or grandparents did? Anyhow, these were what I would call the ‘early pencils’. And of course, you used them on slate boards (not paper, as they were rather costly back then). Incidentally, I looked up ‘slate pencils’ on YouTube…and to my surprise, there were many videos of […]
These look familiar, don’t they? You can always find them during the Nine Emperor Gods festival. What I’d like to know is, what do those Chinese characters printed on the bun mean? Could it be the name of the bakery?
No, I’m not joking! This liniment was once used on horses with stiff shoulders…before humans discovered that it worked on their shoulders too
We don’t go around blowing our own trumpet…but this is something we’re really proud of, and it’s worth shouting out from every roof top in Ipoh town! picture from: Ipoh Guide Thank you for your reviews / comments, which helped us stay within the top page of Trip Advisor – and thus being awarded the […]
No, we’re not selling these! But do any of you remember the time when such souvenirs were popular? I once saw a souvenir plate / saucer (somewhere in my grandfather’s cupboard) with a picture of Prince Charles, Princess Diana and little Prince William (issued at the time of Prince William’s birth). I do wonder if […]
I’ve heard of Maggi and Knorr chicken flavoured stock cubes, but I’ve not heard of Oxo cubes. Have you? What did they taste like? We would like to share the following photo – from Ngai – taken at a store, showing the various Oxo products.
Some call it a tea / wine warmer. What do you think it it? And this is what the detachable inside looks like.
…well, not really But do YOU remember what your examination paper looked like when you were in school? Here’s one from 1928, the English Grammar paper from Cambridge for the Junior Local Exam. What kind of student were you back then: a) the ever-ready student, eager to perform well? b) the one who constantly burnt […]
Did you own a Brownie Reflex? Do you remember the very first camera you owned? If you’re one of those who took up photography as a hobby, we’d love to hear from you too
Everyone had a favourite hairstyle that they stuck to when they were younger….what look did YOU prefer? On that note, do any of you remember Hoong Ying Hair-Waving Saloon?
…a wooden tiffin carrier? Something rare, isn’t it? I wonder what one could put inside…candy perhaps?
The music fans have had quite an interesting discussion on our blog lately. So, we decided to put up this picture – just to see if it jogs any memories I remember having one like this, but a different model. I also remember trying to record songs onto a cassette, and this dual-deck made it […]
How many of you can guess what this is? What was it used for…and perhaps, which year this was from?
Selamat Hari Merdeka ke-59!
Here’s a nice one of happy faces, taken at the Main Convent (HIJ Convent) back in the late 1940s. We thank Marea Smith for sharing this lovely photograph with us. Incidentally, Marea is the girl standing in the back row, third from the right.
Courtesy of: Darren Teh We thank Darren Teh for the above picture. He also shared the following with us via email: I was staying in Greentown then and used to go to a classmate house in Fair Park where we all learn to dance the A Go-Go , The Shake and Off Beat Cha Cha! […]
…even before those smaller Nokias too, THIS was what a hand phone looked like! Yes, it was heavier than a bar of chocolate. No, it didn’t have a tiny camera Do you remember this model?
picture courtesy of: Ruth Iversen Rollitt How many of you remember Rowley Kindergarten? Was it a big school? Do you have pictures from those days? We’d love to hear more…
I don’t know if any of you remember this, but back in 1955 we had a visit from a famous Olympian – Jesse Owen! picture courtesy of: Dato Pu Facing the camera, on the extreme left, is Mr Kandvanam. Next to him is Mr Bulwant Singh. Jesse Owen (winner of 4 gold medals at […]
Convent Girls, do you recall what your classroom looked like? Well, this was a typical classroom at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (or Main Convent) back in the late 1940s / early 1950s. We thank Marea Smith for sharing this nostalgic photograph with us. Looking forward to hearing from any CHIJ Alumni
No, it’s not another racket (or racquet, if you prefer). What do you think it is? STOP PRESS: We thank Ignatius Chiew for sending us these pictures – of a back beater! This object has a rattan handle and round, vinyl ‘ball’ which is stuffed with cotton. The second picture is a […]
No, we’re not kidding….these are actual wooden badminton rackets! Did any of you own one of them?
…about the Darkie evolution? How many of you were (and maybe still are?) faithful consumers of this Hawley & Hazel product?
picture from: Rosemary Palmer Remember the Home Guards? Here we have troop-in-training. The gentleman in white shorts is our donor’s father – M L Bernacchi. I’m sure some of you remember seeing the Home Guards on patrol, especially if you were one of those who lived in the New Villages during the Malayan Emergency.
picture from: Gogan Singh According to our donor, he and his friends were part of the few non-Chinese devotees who took part in the 9 Emperor Gods festival back in 1970. If you remember this particular event, did you meet them at the procession?
Here’s something for the ‘Milo babies’
picture from: Gogan Singh; click to enlarge We know old school photographs are rather popular on our blog. So here’s another one. Were you one of these handsome young men? Or, maybe you recognise a former school mate? We’d love to hear from you!
Mark this date – 20th August 2016 – in your calendars. Be at the Old Andersonian’s Club from 2-5pm to meet the Godfather of the Malaysian film industry!
Remember these? How many of you recall those days at the barbers, while the Indian uncle patiently snipped at your hair?
picture courtesy of: Harchand Can anyone guess where this was taken? Maybe the shops look familiar…was this somewhere in Ipoh? Or could is be in another town in Perak?
Does anyone remember Hung Wang Restaurant? The address says it was along Leong Sin Nam Street…but for the life of me, I can’t seem to place where exactly it was! Perhaps the Foodies might know better
We received this photograph from Harchand (one of our Readers) some time ago. However, we do not know the names of these gentlemen. Do you recognise them? We were told that this photograph was taken somewhere in Perak (where in Perak, we haven’t the faintest idea ). Come on, History-buffs….put those thinking caps on! […]
….that Ovaltine was actually Ovomaltine? And that the name changed because it was spelt wrongly when the trademark was registered? Here’s a extract from Wikipedia: Ovaltine was developed in Berne, Switzerland, where it is known by its original name, Ovomaltine (from ovum, Latin for “egg,” and malt, which were originally its main ingredients). Soon after its invention, the factory […]
From past blog posts, we’ve had Readers sharing their memories about some of the many smaller departmental stores in Ipoh. With the coming of hypermarkets and malls, these small businesses eventually folded. On that note, does anyone remember Angel Departmental Store? Do you remember where it was located?
HIJ Convent girls, this one’s for YOU! Do you remember this badge? Did you have trouble remembering the lyrics of the school song? Do you recall the motto? Come on, girls…we want to hear from you
picture courtesy of: Star Online Lemang Kelamai is said to have originated from Pagar Ruyung, Indonesia. What gives it this lovely shade of brown? Gula Melaka, of course! The other extra ingredient is kerisik (toasted coconut). This variant of Lemang is also quite popular in the villages of Gopeng. Have you tried this variant before? If you […]
Here’s wishing all our followers a joyous and peaceful Raya; Maaf Zahir & Batin! from us at:
picture courtesy of: Duncan Paterson Look carefully…THIS is how you feed a baby elephant! We thought we’d share this cute picture with all of you this Monday, just to take a break from the monotony.
Sometimes, families make day trips / weekend trips during school holidays and such. I wonder if this how these children found themselves posing next to the canon (picture below). Do you recognise the building in the background? I’m making a wild guess and saying it’s probably part of a museum. But I could be wrong […]
We featured the above picture in a previous blog. Do you know what this looks like today? The pictures below are courtesy of Charlie Choong. Here’s more proof…that with a little hard work and determination (and love for heritage as well!), historical buildings like these CAN be restored (instead of being demolished).
We know you like puzzles and mysteries. So, this picture should intrigue you further. Can you guess the name of the street shown in the picture?
This is said to be the original building of the Batu Gajah Police Station. Our donor, Daljit Singh Guram, told us that his late grandfather is in this very photograph (back row, 11th from the left). Daljit’s late grandfather – Gurcharan Singh Guram – was in the Malaysian Police Force from 1920 to 1945.
This photo was taken in the late 1950s / early 1960s. Yes, it’s none other than the Straits Trading Building, in Ipoh!
photo courtesy of: Duncan Paterson How many of you enjoyed a good game of tug-o-war? I loved the ‘rush’ of pulling the other team over the line…thus winning. The downside would be the rope-burn But it was a fun game all the same.
A few blogs ago, we featured some members of the St John’s Ambulance brigade marching in front of some shop houses. Well, this time…the members seem to be assembling a first aid kit. Do you know who the man in the bow-tie is? For that matter, does anyone recognise the interior of the building?
This was sent to us via email from Ann & Mano. According to them, the owner of this driver’s license was an RAAF personnel, and would have worked on aircrafts almost daily. The Singapore-issued license (1955) is the picture on the left. The picture on the right, however, is a photo of a particular airplane […]
We thank Duncan Paterson for the above photograph. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tell us where in Ipoh this place is? Do the buildings look familiar? What about the street?
These young men belong to the St John’s Ambulance brigade. Do you recognise them? Or, can you identify the shop houses in the background?
click to enlarge Do you recognise this panorama? Can you guess which part of Ipoh this is? While you’re trying to name the buildings and streets, can you also give us a rough date? We look forward to your comments
Have you ever come across this brand? I’ve never heard of the brand, but the bull dog (in the logo) is similar to the one used by Guinness
picture courtesy of: Ruth Iversen Rollitt Remember these shop houses? Yes, this was Fair Park back in 1938. These shops were Iversen’s designs nonetheless. Sadly, they’re no more
Anyone remember this store? According to the label, Hup Hing Shoe Store was along Laxamana Road. I wonder what happened to the place….
Yes, for those of you who didn’t know…..flour actually came in linen bags in those days! Do you remember those linen flour bags? Did you keep those bags once they were emptied?
I’m sure everyone recognises this lady from Lat’s comics! She’s none other than Mrs Hew. Ever wondered what she looked like back in the day? Check out the picture below, taken from the NTPS Jalan Pasir Puteh 1962 year book. picture courtesy of: Ooi Kean Chye For those who still can’t identify her, look closer […]
Since it’s Teacher’s Day today, we decided to feature a very prominent figure in our education’s history – Aminuddin Baki. Born in Chemor, he began his early schooling at Chemor Malay School and later at Anderson School. During his school days, he participated in student organisations championing the lot of Malay students, as he felt […]
What could one do with: an ice cream stick, a satay stick, a rubber seed and some string? Well, make a toy propeller of course! How many of you remember this simple toy – which went on to give a child endless fun? What other easy-to-make toys do you remember from your childhood?
Kultar’s Mime is a devised play that blends painting, poetry, theater, and music to tell the stories of Sikh children who survived the 1984 Delhi massacre organized in the wake of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination. As part of their Malaysian tour, the troupe will be performing in Ipoh on 25th May 2016, at the […]
On the morning of 30th April 2016, Treacher Street was all abuzz with activity. That day marked the grand opening of the Ho Yan Hor Museum – a museum which tells the story of Ho Kai Cheong, who began as an operator of a humble tea stall and later became a famous entrepreneur and philanthropist. […]
How many of you remember this comic book? It wasn’t that long ago…..this edition also featured a picture of a WW2 aircraft – the Hawker Typhoon. So, can we hear from the comic fans?
Remember these fruit-flavoured sweets? I’ve never heard of this brand though…more familiar with Foxes and Sugus If you were a fan of these sweets, do share some of your memories with us.
picture courtesy of Gary Lai (via SK) We received this photo and description from SK: This picture was send to me by Gary Lai from Anderson School, Ipoh. I have his consent to use the picture & story. He joined the Police Volunteer Reserve back in 1970s when he left Ipoh, in KL. Gary is […]
….there was the ever useful Mortar & Pestle! Yes, I’m sure you all remember pounding away those herbs and spices in these
On a car-free morning in Ipoh, I just happen to pass through Hugh Low Street and noticed this building. It’s at the corner of Hugh Low Street and Jalan Che Tak. I’m not sure what building this is…but I’ll say kudos to their restoration work! Does anyone know who / which company owns this building? […]
Did you know about this unique style of embroidery? I’m sure it’s no easy task – sewing such intricate patterns on velvet cloth! Let’s hear from the arts and crafts lovers out there. [I’ve only gone as far as sewing loosened buttons….no where near this level of creativity ;)]
click to enlarge We mentioned the Bougainvillea Parade a long time ago on our blog. Here are MORE photos from that same parade, back in 2004. I don’t recall ever seeing these floats along Jalan Abdul Jalil….did any of the Greentown folk witness this back then?
Our photographer recently visited Kedai Makanan Rasa Lain, in Bercham, where he sampled the above dish. The dish is none other than Claypot Glass Noodles with Crab. Have any of you tried this dish? Do share your thoughts with us
I remember the first time I tried Cadbury’s chocolate. At that time, it seemed like the most delicious snack for a 5 year old. I also remember eating more than half the bar, and then being really ill It didn’t put me off chocolates though…I just learnt (the hard way) to eat in moderation We’d […]
Yes, this is what a Malayan Airways airline ticket looked like back then!
The last time I went to the mall, I noticed that such purses / clutches / handbags with beads and sequins are back in fashion. And they don’t come cheap either! :O So we’re posing this question especially to the ladies out there: did you ever own such a beautiful accessory? Did it look like […]
Has anyone tried this brand of butter? I wonder if this brand costs as much as Golden Churn. Or, perhaps this was a cheaper alternative to Golden Churn?
Have you heard about the ‘King of Trishaws’? We’re talking about Boon Eng Keat, who was born in Sumatra in 1928 and came to Malaya in 1933 with his family. His early years were spent working at ‘Sin Meng Hong’, a bicycle shop at No. 8 Anderson Road, Ipoh. In the years following the Second […]
Remember this brand of oats? I never knew Uncles Tobys sold oats…I only remember their muesli bars Did anyone try this brand? Was it as good as Quaker oats?
Do you recognise these panels? They can be found on the four sides of the Birch Clock tower. Still wondering what I’m talking about? Well, the next time you pass by the clock tower, take a closer look THE J W W BIRCH MEMORIAL CLOCK TOWER PANELS The Growth of Civilization. The following is a […]
I doubt this brand needs an introduction. How many of you remember these jujubes? Were they really effective for sore throats and such?
Some go for sweets, some go for salty snacks. Yet there are others who crave something like this (picture above) – Dry Curry Noodles! Our photographer had this (at RM 5.30 per serving) from the Ma Jie curry mee stall in Restoran Yee Lock, opposite Bridal Collection along Anderson Road. So, dear Readers……what’s YOUR […]
Yes folks…this building is now home to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). This photograph was taken in the 80s. I wonder if much of the outer facade has changed over the years….
Dear antique lovers….do you recognise the two ‘handsome blokes’ on either of the curtain? I wonder what make/brand they are…they sure look grand, don’t they?
Sometime ago, we featured this building – the former Oriental Hotel, which was turned into an electrical store. One of our readers, Charlie Choong, sent us the following photographs recently. Looks like the electrical store is closing down….or perhaps they are relocating….we don’t know. Does anyone know what’s going on?
Ever tried Pan Mee? The one our photographer tried contained the usual egg noodles, sayur manis (those green leaves), fried anchovies, wood-ear mushroom, and meat. Our photographer told us that this bowl of Pan Mee cost RM 5.
I’ve been living in Greentown all my life…but I have to admit, this building (picture below) does not ring any bells Can our Greentown-experts help us out please?
Remember this brand of perfume? It’s alcohol free. Does the brand ring a bell?
Any SMI Alumni remember this? Why were the buses parked in the compound? Were the students on their way to a field trip? Take a good look and give us your thoughts source: Charlie Choong
I’m sure you have driven past this building in New Town Ipoh. This is the side view of a former hotel – which is now an electrical store. This building is opposite the Kamdar textile store, just in case you’re wondering. I’m sure some of you already know which building I’m talking about. What we […]
Here’s a blast from the past! This photograph (taken in the 80s), given to us by Lim Lean Seng, shows the Brewster Road Fire Station. We believe this fire station was built around 1915; it started off as a single storey building and the second storey was added in 1936. The fire station later relocated […]
Dear Ipoh-ites…..was there a hill named after Sir Hugh Low somewhere in Perak? We were wondering based on the picture below. picture from: Charlie Choong On that note, do you recognise the young men in picture? Are YOU one of them? If you are, we’d like to hear more from you
It was a solemn and heart-wrenching occasion, as the people of Ipoh (and even from others towns in Perak) came to pay their last respects to D R Seenivasagam. Some estimate the crowd of mourners to be well into the tens of thousands! click to enlarge We’d love to hear from anyone who witnessed this […]
Could this be part of a floor tile? Or perhaps painted on a wall? Or…could it be part of a signboard? We have no idea, that’s why we’re posing this question to YOU! I know someone out there recognises this ‘globe’….
Here’s another one from Richard Saxey’s collection. Yes, this is Malim Nawar! I know some of you can name all the gentlemen in this photograph. But I’d like to draw your attention to the man with the coolie hat (extreme left). What is he doing?
We were told that this was the Form 3 Class of 1967 at Methodist English School (later known as Methodist High School or MHS). Our source also mentioned the teacher’s name – Mr Thanarajan. Do you recognise any of the faces in the picture below? picture courtesy of Gogan Singh, click to enlarge
Wishing all of you a prosperous Year of the Monkey. Gong Xi Fa Cai!
picture courtesy of: Kalwant Singh Remember the milkman from days of old? Well, this milkman looks rather young…and here he is at his bicycle (the milk churn is hidden, on the back of his bicycle). This picture was taken at the Malay kampong at Lahat Road.
Once a famous grooming product for men, Potter & Moore’s Solidified Brilliantine is said to soften hair (including facial hair). Anyone remember this product?
Recognise the wallpaper? What about the reception desk? Well, keep looking for clues….and tell us WHERE you think this place is
source: NSTP Back row, L-R: T.John, Foong Kam Choy, Ahmad Nazari Centre row, L-R: Chan Tuck Choy, R. Anthony, Wong Kim Seng Front row, L-R: Liew Fee Yuen, Loh Kam Fook, Ramadas Rao, Wong Kong Leong and Cheong Weng Leong Remember these young men? It was October 5th 1957 when this team – Perak XI […]
Sometime last year we gave all of you hints about a project of ours – at No. 1 Treacher Street (Jalan Bijih Timah) in Old Town. Yes, the blue building next door to Han Chin Pet Soo. The story is in today’s Star Metro (15/1/2016) – “Telling A Tale Of Tea”. This new exhibit will […]
source: Road to Nationhood, NSTP In September 1955, the Malayan Traffic Policemen rode on new 120mph motorcycles. Here we have a group of them at the Ipoh Railway Station. Talk about ‘riding with style’ !
Were you a fan of the famed cat eye lens glasses / sunglasses? (picture below) It is said that this style was made popular by stars like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly… ….so, how many of you once owned a pair of cat eye glasses? Come on, own up…..
source: NSTP Sometime ago, the NST featured the Taiping Central Market – which was built between 1884 & 1885. Yes, the market is 130 years old! The above picture shows the wood and cast iron latticed structure which is a prominent feature of this landmark. Taiping folks, we want to hear YOUR stories / […]
source = Charlie Choong Do the shops look familiar to you? Yes, this is none other than Brewster Road. Note that traffic was not as heavy as it is now….back then you could still have parades and processions on the streets!
How many of you ‘swear’ by this brand of polish? Is Brasso still in production?
Kung Fu Hor – that’s what this dish is called. Have you eaten this at your local eatery? Do tell us if you liked it….
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Our donor (Lee Seong Yan) shared this little story with us: “Remember the ’50s when you can get a bun with scraped coconut in brown sugar as fillings costing only 5 cents to 10 cents? For those interested in buns with scraped coconut fillings, there is a shop in Pasir Pinji, Ipoh selling them for […]
We thank SK (one of our Readers) for sharing this with us. The gentleman in the tracksuit is Chan Wan Seong – who won the Bronze Medal in Men’s Singles 60+ category at the recent BWF World Senior Badminton Championship held in Helsingborg, Sweden. Posing with Chan is the BWF President Poul-Eric Hoyer Larsen (himself […]
We at wish you peace and joy this Deepavali!
Our photographer tasted this at Wing Kee – yes, it’s the ever popular dry curry chicken noodles. This serving (above) costs RM 4.50 Where do YOU think is the best place to find this tasty morsel?
Fancy watching a musical about Siddhartha? Then contact 05-2820224 / 013-4846625 for tickets and more information. Incidentally, this Filipino group has performed in several countries around the world. Click this link to watch a sample of their performance: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5pTwnMfEFd4&feature=youtu.be
This article was taken off today’s NST. We hope this project goes through as planned, if only to preserve this important piece of our history.
If you look closely, you’d notice the pipeline on the far left of the picture. That should clue you in on the location. The men running belong to the HHH – yes, the popular Hash House Harriers! This picture was taken off their 650th Run Souvenir Magazine, 1977. Any members of the HHH reading […]
Source: Janet Ferguson & Nellie Cumming Have YOU rode an elephant? I haven’t…only been on a pony and an ostrich. We’d like to hear from you – Elephant Riders!
Left picture source = ipohWorld; Right picture source = Star Publication From what we were told, there used be street processions in Ipoh during the 9-Emperor Gods Festival! Today, we’re featuring a Then and Now photograph. On the left is a picture from 1947, on the right is a recent photograph (from the Star).
Breakfast, tea time, supper…no matter what time of the day (or night) there’s nothing like a couple of warm curry puffs to accompany your tea/coffee. The one shown above are chicken curry puffs, the one cut into 3 pieces has a cheesy filling! Our photographer bought these at a road side stall along Jalan […]
source: Janet Ferguson & Nellie Cumming This was probably taken at a school sports day – most likely the ACGS (Anglo Chinese Girls School) Sports Day! I do wonder is the girl in the picture broke the record for the high jump event…… I vaguely remember the annual sports day at my school. But I’ll […]
The 1st Sharpened Word Literary Matinee will be held at the Sepaloh Art Centre (Hugh Low Street / Jalan Sultan Iskandar) this Saturday 17th October 2015, from 2 pm – 5 pm. Thereafter, they will meet every 3rd Saturday of each month. For further information, contact: Pak Peter – firstname.lastname@example.org / or visit their […]
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been featured on Time Out Malaysia Kids! Yes, you’ve bought this magazine do turn to page 59 (highlighted area shown above). We thank the Editor – Leah O’Hearn – for helping add another feather to our cap!
We thank Sally Everist for the above postcards. Does this building look familiar? We’re wondering what it is – is it a house, or some kind of monument? We’re also wondering which village is pictured in the postcards…
Extract from: New Straits Times, 2-10-2015 We would like to extend our condolences to the family of the late Tan Sri Dato Seri Yuen Yuet Leng – a true hero and a well-loved individual who always believed in putting the ‘nation before self’.
This is what our donor – KT Pillai – had to say about this photograph: Taken in year 1966 as the baby my Mum is carrying is my younger sister. I am the third from left standing at the front row….sort of a frowning face kid. My eldest sister is beside me followd by my two […]
picture courtesy of Star Publications We admit that it was not easy, but through much hard work and determination we managed to restore the Han Chin Villa (Han Chin Pet Soo) and turn it into a museum. As can be seen in the above picture, the restored Villa stands proudly amidst the other shops. Our […]
ONE NIGHT ONLY!Tapestry performs for the first time in Ipoh at the Event Hall of the Sarang Paloh Heritage Hotel. Come experience an evening of songs in this beautiful and striking heritage space.Friday, 9 October 2015 @ 8:30 PMTickets are priced at RM35 (free seating), and can be purchased from Sarang Paloh, and also […]
We’re all very familiar with the sweet and tasty ang ku. The one shown above comes red AND green – giving it a more interesting taste to compliment the green-pea filling. It costs anywhere between 60-80 cents a piece (if you can get it cheaper, let us know!).
Our donor Marea Smith tells us that this was what Malim Nawar looked like in 1981. Been to Malim Nawar lately? Has the place changed much over the years…or is it still the same?
Here’s another one from Janet Ferguson and Nellie Cumming – showing a school play. Recognise anyone?
Special thanks to our donors – Janet Ferguson & Nellie Cumming – for the following picture. Somewhere in the above photograph is Nellie Cumming, who was a student at Anglo Chinese Girls’ School (ACGS). Nellie did her Std VII back in 1949….what about you? Are YOU one of the girls in this picture?
The car-lovers out there are probably drooling over this beauty! Yes, it’s the two-seater Ford V8. We thank Sally Everist (our donor) who sent us this quite some time ago. This picture is part of the collection of the late J M Allison – who was killed by Communists, sparking the start of the Malayan Emergency. […]
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Rally control in 1957 Mobilgas Economy Run. Collin Dowset extreme right. Loris Goring (donor of photograph) co driver with folder checking in at one of the control Any motor sports fans out there recall the good ‘ol days of rallies and racing? Our donor Loris Goring shared the following with us (via email): I was […]
At first, it seems like a game of Tag….but I suppose this is based on a similar concept. I’m talking about Kabaddi. How many of you played this outdoor game during your days in school? How many of still play them now?
Any Yuk Kwan School alumni out there? Were you in the Form II B – 1 Class back in 1977?
picture from: Star Newspaper Recently, there was a report about the public pool (near the Perak Stadium) being closed for renovations. From what I’ve observed before it closed, this pool is rather popular among Ipoh-ites – especially the little ones. Just out of curiosity, does anyone know WHEN the pool was built?
I’m sure many of you recognise the gentleman in white (with a walking stick). Yes, it’s none other than Bro Vincent Corkery! He recently celebrated his 70th anniversary as a La Salle Brother at St Michael’s Insitution, Ipoh. To read the full article published by The Star Online, click here
Any Sam Tet alumni reading this? Well, I’m sure you recognise this building. According to our donor, Ruth Iversen Rollitt, her late father – B M Iversen – designed it!
Our photographer found this dish at Wah Nam Coffee Shop. At RM 4.30, it was quite tasty. We’d like to know from the Fish Paste Noodle lovers out there….where is the best place to find YOUR favourite dish?
source: Alexander We received this photo from Alexandar, the curator of the Heritage Gallery of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL), in Silibin. According to an article from the Straits Times, heavy rain caused the banks of the Pari River (or Sungei Pari, as it’s more popularly known as) to overflow. The flood […]
courtesy of: Charlie Choong I’m not familiar with the restaurant names along Kampar Road, so I wouldn’t know where Golden Jubilee Restaurant is. Is it still there? Or, perhaps it’s changed its name?
Ipoh-ites reminiscing the good ‘ol days when Jubilee Park was an entertainment hub – back in the 60s and 70s :)
We thank Marea Smith for this picture. She told us (via e-mail) that she was once a student of the HIJ Convent (now Main Convent) in Ipoh. Here’s a shout out to all the Convent Alumni – do you girls recognise this picture? What was the special occasion?
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In the photo are Marea Smith (our donor) and C.A. Thurling. This was taken at the Ipoh Airport back in 1953. We’d like to draw your attention to the wooden bracket around the racket in Marea’s hand. If I’m not mistaken, the racket was placed between the wooden brackets and the four screws at the […]
Yau Char Koay Chee Cheong Fun – yes, that’s what this dish is called! Unique isn’t it? For those who want to give it a try, you can find it at Kedai Kopi Enam Belas (near Eu Yang Sang in old town)….the cost? RM 4.50
courtesy of: Charlie Choong Does anyone remember Olympic Inn? Could it have been the old name of ‘Tambun Inn’? Or, was it at another building along Tambun Road?
All are welcome to Tenby’s Open Day , which happens this Saturday 11th July 2015. Further information can be found at their website – www.tenby.edu.my You can also call them at 05-5252628
This book provides a fresh perspective and deepens previous studies of his [Charles Compton Reade] town planning ideas…..Charles Reade’s obscure and unattributed position in the history of Malayan town planning is now accorded its due recognition…a pioneer and founder of the town planning service in British Malaya (1921-1929). Here’s a book by […]
We thought we’d share this interesting article with you, about the 6 mile long bridge in Gerik. What’s so special about this bridge? Well, it has no pillars!
We thank SK for sharing this with us. I know some of you recognise the leaves and the white substance Well, we’d like to know how many of you out there once indulged in the chewing of daun sirih (betel leaves)!
We thank Marea Smith for sharing this photograph with us. Incidentally, this view is from a car which was following an armed vehicle. Driving on Brewster Road back then seemed to be a breeze…..
picture courtesy of: Steven Chow Heard of Sombrero? From what’s written on the matchbox, it sounds like an exciting night club! Does anyone remember where it was? I wonder who owned it….
As you can guess from the above photograph, something is definitely happening at No. 1 Treacher Street (Jalan Bijih Timah). Look out for updates on our website / blog / Facebook page
Since we live in the tropics, mosquitoes have always been a menace. Here’s a good old fashioned mosquito coil – the Angel Fish Brand Mosquito Destroyer! Has anyone used this coil? Was it effective in getting rid of those notorious blood-suckers?
I do wonder why such a beautiful, serene place (above) was named Python Lagoon. Anyway, this 1948 picture (from Marea Smith) was taken at the Kuala Kampar Tin Fields. Marea is the pretty girl in the canoe
We thank Marea Smith (from Australia) for sending us this rare close up of a tin dredge. This photograph was taken at Kuala Kampar Tin fields, Malim Nawar.
Since we missed our food blog yesterday, we decided to feature a rather popular dish – the famed Chicken Rice! Apparently, this simple yet delicious dish comes in many varieties. The common type being rice served with the signature roasted chicken or steamed chicken; some stalls offer other side dishes together with the chicken rice. […]
receipt from Charlie Choong The last I checked, Tambun Inn seemed to be undergoing renovations…perhaps a new management has taken over? Well, we hope someone out there can tell us more. We’re also curious to know WHO ran the Cafe back then (when it first opened). Remember the time when a bowl of chicken […]
courtesy of Charlie Choong Whenever the subject of cafes and coffee houses enter our blog-sphere, many of our Readers mention Green Fern. Well, here’s an old receipt from Green Fern. Does anyone remember their signature dish/dishes?
picture courtesy of: Ruth Iversen Rollitt Some time back, our Readers mentioned the Lido Cinema in Taiping. We have here a 1937 picture of the aforementioned cinema. For those of you who spotted it, YES..this is indeed another Iversen building!
click to enlarge The above is a programme (sent via email) from LeanMS. As you can see, the ACS Alumni have many events scheduled for the next few months. Lean also told us: “In order not to in any way affect attendance at the Festival of Performing Arts, we have decided to reschedule the […]
picture from: Danial Doutriaux Some school canteens sold food which were a crowd favourite. Some were known for their cheerful hawkers. Food aside, some canteens became a ‘meeting place’ for friends (and enemies too!). The picture shown is that of the Batu Gajah Convent’s canteen, back in 1956.
special thanks to Ruth Iversen Rollitt Believe it or not, this was what Ipoh looked like back in the 1930s. The area under construction is none other than the Mercantile Bank!
courtesy of: Charlie Choong We were told that these are gambling cards. Does anyone know the proper name for this pack of cards? Furthermore, how do you use these cards in a game?
Well, I certainly do……(But my weakness lies in anything containing chocolate!) This delectable dish comes from Thean Chun restaurant (in Old Town, Ipoh). Our photographer paid RM 2.60 for this plate of caramel custard. The custard is served with a glass of water too
For those of you who remember, we featured this photo in our Falim Exhibition two years ago. What’s fascinating about this hawker on wheels, in that he’s determined to peddle his wares – in spite of the traffic along the road I wonder what he was selling. On another note, does anyone recognise the building […]
Some call it Hopscotch; some call it Ketinting. Whatever it was called back then, I know some of you had HOURS of fun playing this game!
This dish is from Kedai Kopi Enam Belas (near Eu Yan Sang in Old Town). Our photographer had this char siew and prawn combination for Rm 3.50. Usually, Chee Cheong Fun is served with mushroom and sweet sauce whereas some places give you the option of curry instead of mushroom sauce but the one in the […]
Source: Jamal Hashim Some of you may recognise this object. The others are probably wondering what this is Well, for those of you who are clueless…..why don’t you make a guess? We received this (picture below) from LY Tai. Note that this product cost 36 cents!
This book, by J. J. Chen and L. Y. Chung, is currently being sold at Han Chin Pet Soo – at RM 80 per copy. See Ipoh’s authentic beauty and charm through the camera lens of the authors!
Since we had such an interesting discussion about The Nautilus Inn (our previous blog), we decided to put up another receipt from yet another cafe in Ipoh. How many of you remember Long John’s Tavern? It used to be along Jalan S.A. Lingam (in Ipoh Garden South).
receipt courtesy of: Charlie Choong Back in the 1980s, there was a place called The Nautilus Inn along Leong Sin Nam Street. As shown in the receipt (above), a seafood cocktail cost $3.90 – it’s probably 3 times the price today! Does anyone remember Nautilus Inn? Who owned this place? What was their specialty?
After a rather long hiatus, our Food Blog is back with a feature-of-the-week! For those of you who don’t recognise the photo, this is pulut kaya – sticky rice with egg-jam. The one our photographer had (above) cost RM 3, from Keng Nam coffee shop (along Cowan Street). We’d like to hear from all of […]
Bottle-caps or Ceper (as some call it) was quite a popular children’s game back then. I don’t know the actual rules of this game. But from what I do know, two or more players were judged by their skills at manouvering the bottle caps across a table. At the same time, they had to make […]
Xiangqi is played on a board nine lines wide and ten lines long. As in the game ‘Go’, the pieces are placed on the intersections, which are known as points. The vertical lines are known as files, and the horizontal lines are known as ranks. Centered at the first to third and eighth to tenth […]
Want to know MORE about Cheah Cheng Lim? Get his book now! This book will be launched at the Flemington Hotel, in Taiping, on 15th May 2015. Admission is free; however there is an optional dinner priced at RM 38 per pax. For more information, contact Yeap Thean Eng (President of the Taiping Heritage Society) […]
We at Ipoh World convey our heartiest congratulations to HRH Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, on being crowned the 35th Sultan of Perak.
Yes, folks. This trap door opens up to a tunnel! The door can be found in the court room floor of the Ipoh High Court building, and it leads to the Town Hall. During the Emergency, it was used to moved prisoners in temporary lock ups in the Town Hall (which at that time was […]
We believe this to be the family of Richard Saxey (our donor) and Wendy Lewis – in Malim Nawar. I’d like to draw your attention to the unique furniture… By popular demand, we’ve included the second photograph from Richard Saxey’s collection.
“Lady Justice is most often depicted with a set of scales typically suspended from her left hand, upon which she measures the strengths of a case’s support and opposition.She is also often seen carrying a double-edged sword in her right hand, symbolizing the power of Reason and Justice, which may be wielded either for or […]
Wayang kulit is a unique form of theatre employing light and shadow. The puppets are crafted from buffalo hide and mounted on bamboo sticks. When held up behind a piece of white cloth, with an electric bulb or an oil lamp as the light source, shadows are cast on the screen. The plays are typically […]
We thank Ruth Iversen Rollitt for this photograph. It was taken in 1947, showing her father B M Iversen at Fair Gardens? Does anyone know WHERE Fair Gardens is?
Remember these insurance agents? They used to operate at No. 168, Brewster Road, Ipoh. Wonder what’s become of this business…
Our donor Richard Saxey tells us that this was taken around 1959-1960. He also mentions his teacher Mrs Kumar. So today we’d like to ask the ‘members of the Malim Nawar family’ – do you remember the Methodist School in Malim Nawar? ps: In a recent email, Richard talked about his childhood friend Cynthia Hunter. […]
artifact donor: Jamal Hashim The William Mitchell heritage in making pen nibs began whilst working with his brother John Mitchell in the early 1820s. William Mitchell established his own business in 1825 to become one of the leading nib manufacturers and famous for lettering pens. Almost 100 years later William Mitchell merged with Hinks, Wells […]
Picture from Ruth Iversen Rollitt “Rental was $60 a month, a bargain in the immediate post-war years with the shortage of housing. Each house had 3 bedrooms upstairs; and downstairs. a living room, dining room, a modern flush toilet (very rare for Ipoh at that time), a small kitchen and backyard. There was a built-in […]
Here’s another blast from the past from Richard Saxey. He tells us that this is “the picture of the badminton team, showing my elder brother Mr. E.H.White (know as Mick), I cannot remember if the team was a Malim Nawar team or a Perak River Hydro team (Malim Nawar)”. Can’t wait to hear more from […]
We received this (one of the MANY) from Ruth Iversen Rollitt. Do you recognise this row of shop houses? Do you know which street this is? Well, we think it’s somewhere along Cowan Street…but then again, we could be wrong.
Thanks to Alan, we’ve managed to find out what those Mandarin words meant. This time, we don’t have any words…but I’m sure there’s a clue in those shop houses in the background. Can anyone venture a guess as to which school this is?
Click to enlarge We thank Charlie Choong for this photograph. As written on the photo itself, the year is 1970. What we’d like to know is where this photo was taken. If anyone could help us translate the Mandarin, we’d be grateful. Perhaps, some of you out there may even recognise the people in the […]
This is the inside of the projection room of Glory Cinema. The boys in ‘action’ are Bakar and Sangiva. I’m sure many of our local cinemas had similar projection rooms. Now that they’ve closed, I do wonder what happened to all the equipment…anyone know a thing or two about this?
picture from Mr & Mrs Rasiah Anakili – click to enlarge We recognise Bro Pius Kelly, who was the 9th Brother Director of St Michael’s Institution, seated in the centre. Do you know who are the teachers on his left and right? Were you in Standard 2B, class of 1956? If so, where are YOU […]
Have you heard of the Hopoh Association? The Hopoh Association is formed by members from the Hopoh area of Guangdong, China. They speak the Hakka dialect but with the Hopoh intonation which is quite different. The picture below shows the Perak Hopoh Association, celebrating their 9th anniversary. The building in the background is along Jalan […]
We’ve had such an overwhelming response on our previous posts about the Perak Hydro Plant at Malim Nawar, which led us to uploading this photo (see below). click to enlarge This photograph was sent to us via email from Richard Saxey. His father – Frederic James Saxey – was the Superintendent at the power plant […]
click poster to enlarge For those of you who have been waiting patiently, well keep this Sunday 22nd March 2015 free! The Iversen book is finally out and will be launched at: Venue: Sarang Paloh Event Hall, No.16, Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street), Ipoh Time: 2.30 pm Come meet the author – […]
picture taken by Christopher Nothing like an ice cream float on a scorching day, eh? Well, this thirst-quenching float was bought at Loke Wooi Kee Cafe (@RM3.10), along Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri (formerly known as Clare Street).Incidentally, we found out that the cafe has been in business for four generations. Any fans of ice cream floats out there? […]
This was formerly the headquarters for the Dunlop Rubber Company in Ipoh, which was behind the railway station. As you can see in the pictures (above and below) this building has long been abandoned. These pictures (donated by Kinta Heritage Group) were taken back in 2009; from what we were told this place has been […]
“Through the centuries Chinese women have had to struggle under a load of injustices – denial of education, ineligibility to sit the civil service examinations and hold official posts, female infanticide, selling of daughters, concubinage, foot binding – just to name a few. They had largely remained silent because they did not have a voice. […]
We thank Martin Allen for this photograph – showing an aerial view of Cameron Highlands, back in the 1930s. So different from what it looks like now, eh?
picture from: Leong Kai Loong, Ipoh Did you own a Mobo horse when you were young? My cousins and I used to play on a Triang car – which was passed down to us from our uncles. We had great fun with that car, pretending we were adults driving through town (but in fact, we […]
Once an exclusive place meant only for the higher class tin miners and triad members, the Han Chin Pet Soo (Han Chin Villa) at Jalan Bijeh Timah in Ipoh is now opening its doors to the public. The villa underwent a 15-month restoration work and has been turned into an exhibition centre that showcases the […]
picture from: Leong Kai Loong, Ipoh This is the Sam Tet School Basketball Team. We’re guessing the date to be somewhere in the 1960s. Were you one of the players? Did your team win any trophies that year?
picture from: Ho Hoo Wan, Ipoh These lovely ladies are part of the Form V batch of 1958 – from Sultan Yussuf School, Batu Gajah. They were some of the many youngsters who attended the Farewell Dinner. We have the names of these beauties…. Standing from left to right they are: Thong Mee Len, Poh Ching, […]
Our donor Martin Allen tells us that this road is near Ipoh. I’m sure the experts out there know where this is – especially with those iconic hills in the background
These photographs are from Martin Allen. They were taken around 1938, during the funeral of the Sultan of Perak. Martin’s mother incidentally worked as a saleswoman at Whiteaway Laidlaw.
Farewell Party for Fr Ciatti, April 1970 (click to enlarge) Christmas Party, Nazareth Kindergarten. Catholic Centre, Ipoh. 10th November 1970 (click to enlarge) These photographs were taken from Michael Ho’s collection. It wasn’t that long ago, so I’m sure some of you might remember this kindergarten. Today, this building is still standing….but it’s no […]
We’re not pulling your legs, but the ladies in the photo are none other than the first flight attendants for Malayan Airways. We believe this to be the first successful batch of applicants, looking smart in their uniforms and all set for their duties
Are you a fan of comics? Perhaps even an avid collector – especially of vintage editions? Do you remember Beano (picture above)? I don’t recall Beano, but I do remember those Donald Duck comics (sponsored by Maggi, if I’m not mistaken). I also enjoy reading Marvel comics, but I’m not a collector. Nowadays, many famous […]
For those interested, do come for this talk by Datuk Seri Lim Chong Keat, on 28th February 2015. The talk is at 4.00pm, and will be held at: Perak Academy No. 71A, 1st Floor, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Ipoh (opposite Maybank) Registration is RM 10 per person. Please contact Ms Jaya or Ms Jasvinda for reservations […]
Keith Nelson sent us these a couple of years ago. We thought we’d share them with you, since we’re still in the season of Chinese New Year. We’d love to hear your memories about the ever famous Lion Dance; it would be a bonus if we heard from someone who was part of the dance […]
For those of you who don’t know what’s on the plate, it is none other than the famed Chinese New Year dish Yee Sang – a Teochew style raw fish salad. It consists of strips of raw fish and shredded vegetables, tossed together with a variety of sauces and condiments. This dish is also known […]
click to enlarge I’m guessing the year to be around 1960 (could be wrong, though). Can anyone put some names to these lovely faces?
click photo to enlarge Special thanks to Danial Doutriaux for this photograph. This the Staff of 1956 – of the St Bernadette’s Convent, Batu Gajah. Dear Convent girls, do you see any of your teachers here?
We’d like to thank Chin Choon Yau – one of the Instructors at Perak Institute of Art (PIA) – who painted this souvenir for us. Incidentally, PIA did the murals for us at Han Chin Pet Soo. What murals you say? Well, take a trip to Han Chin Pet Soo and find out!
I remember eating at this place. I loved the interior decoration – which was made to resemble the inside of a mine (complete with dim lighting too!) It’s gone now, replaced with another cafe. Anyone know HOW Miner’s Arms began?
This is not part of our food-column….rather, we’re just curious to know more about Hoong Tho Restaurant (see picture below). picture courtesy of: Yuen Chie Onn This picture was taken on 8th September 1957 - when the restaurant was decorated to celebrate the Mooncake or Mid-Autumn Festival. From what we were told, this business (whose […]
As the caption states, the late P. Ramlee was in Ipoh back in 1965 for a fund raising show. Were any one of you lucky enough to meet him? Did anyone go to that particular show? I’m sure there must have been some ‘screaming fans’… Did anyone manage to get P. Ramlee’s autograph too?
Have you played ‘Happy Families’? Well, this game used to be known as ‘Jovial Families’ a long time ago. Here’s a picture to refresh your memory. From what we were told, this set was manufactured by A. Collier (which was established back in 1863, in London). I’m guessing the ‘Happy Families’ cards are now printed […]
picture courtesy of: Mano Mano sent us this a while ago. He also included the following words: “…a photo of the school prefects of NTPS Pasir Puteh in 1967. Standing behind the headmaster, Mr. Bhagwan Singh, is none other then DCP Perak, Datuk Paramasivam!” So NTPS Pasir Puteh Alumni….what do YOU remember about this group […]
To all our fans, thank you for being so patient with us Here we have the e-flyer of our latest project – ipohWorld @ Han Chin Pet Soo! This private exhibition opens on Thursday 5th February, by appointment only. Reservations may be made at www.ipohworld.org/reservation We look forward to welcoming you to this […]
Yes, this was once known as Kesselring Methodist Girls’ School – dedicated in memory of Ralph Kesselring, on the 10th of April 1968. It later became Methodist High School (MHS). It is now the home of Wesley Methodist School. We’ve had ACS, Anderson, Convent, and other Alumni dropping us a line now and then….how about […]
We were told that Anderson School once put up this play. Well, so did St Michael’s Institution. We present to you the cast of ‘Lady Precious Stream’ – back in 1980!
picture courtesy of: Harold Sevanesam No prizes for guessing WHERE this place is, but I’m sure some of you out there are grinning widely What I found rather interesting is the shape of the of the roof. Anyone know the architect who designed this?
Our Donor (Mohd Taib) tells us that there are St Michael’s boys in the crowd. This is said to be part of a Chinese Funeral procession. Do you recognise the road they are walking along? What about the building in the background?
There was a time when you needed a visiting card to enter the hot springs in Tambun. Besides the pool and egg boiling, apparently there was also a bowling alley! I don’t recall this (probably before my time ) but I wonder if YOU remember this.
We all know Elvis Presley had his share of impersonators; some were almost as good as the ‘King’ himself – with the deep voice AND the gyrating hips! Frank Sinatra (or Ol’ Blue Eyes, as some know him) had his share of impersonators too. Speaking of which, does anyone remember the Frank Sinatra singing contest […]
‘As Indians prepare for Ponggal, which falls today, earthen pots were snapped up at Little India in Jalan Lahat recently.’ Shoppers had the choice to either buy the plain pots or those with colourful designs. Besides the pots, other essential items for the harvest festival that shoppers bought were sugarcane, milk, brown sugar, firewood, cashew […]
If you don’t, let us refresh your memory! I wonder if any one of you kept the old ones as a keepsake
Yes folks, THIS was how they made copies of keys in those days….
If this looks ‘foreign’ to you, then you’re probably very young Yes folks, this is indeed a train ticket! Whoever bought this was taking the train from Tanjong Malim to Ipoh. And (believe it or not) the fare was only $2.10
“Speech contests are an important part of Toastmasters education program. They provide an opportunity for Toastmasters to gain speaking experience as well as an opportunity for other Toastmasters and Guests to learn by observing proficient speakers.” Venue : YMCA Ipoh ,No 221 Jalan Raja Aziz Time: 7.45 pm Day /Date : Wednesday 14 January […]
Ever use one of these? Some of you might have. I for one have never come across such a flask; the ones I’ve used didn’t have such a locking mechanism The one above even has a vent on top to adjust temperature. Wonder if it came in a variety of colours…..
Yes, believe it or not…..this is the Lahat Roundabout, taken from the junction of Jalan Datoh. Can you spot any familiar landmarks? (click picture to enlarge)
At one time, you could buy this for 42 cents……of course the coupon was only for ONE dance. However, it came in a booklet of five coupons. This sample here is from Robin James (from London). Anyone remember this Dance Coupon? Did YOU ever buy/use such a coupon at the Jubilee Cabaret?
Not all car-enthusiasts are men…..I’m sure there are some women out there who also appreciate both the fast sports cars and vintage cars too. Which brings me to this advertisement – was the Austin 7 REALLY a Lady’s Car?
Just in case you didn’t know, today is Boxing Day – nothing to do with the actual sport, but rather it’s the day where gifts are exchanged and opened. In some countries, today is an official holiday too! The picture above, from Ruth Iversen Rollitt, was not taken on 26th December…but I think fits well […]
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With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we’d share this picture (from Larry Sawyer) with all of you. This is a scene from Kampar – where Santa came to town in a bullock cart instead of a reindeer-driven sleigh! I’m sure the children must have been really excited to see this!
Imagine having a picnic at such a place! No rubbish about, no unpleasant odour from the river, clean and clear running water…etc. Blissful isn’t it? This is none other than the Perak River (at Parit). Yes, folks…believe it or not our rivers once looked like this picture courtesy of: Ruth Iversen Rollitt
picture courtesy of: Alison Cotterill (nee Caldwell) This picture is from the Caldwell family album – showing the Caldwells at a local wedding. Does anyone recognise the newly weds?
advertisement courtesy of: Nicholas Jennings Rotarians used to have their lunch at this place – every Wednesday, going by what the advertisement says. Did any of you have a chance to dine here (before it closed)? From what we know, it had quite a bit of competition from the Station Hotel…
Much has been said about preserving our heritage buildings in and around the Kinta Valley. But alas, profit always seem to over ride conservation efforts. The following photos (taken this afternoon) is yet another incident whereby pre-war shop houses are forced to make way for more modern structures…. One of our local dailies covered this […]
Don’t know where to go during this long break? How about Kellie’s Castle? No, we’re not advertising for this place. Rather just showing you what this iconic landmark looked like – way back in 1957! This is a photograph of Ho Hoo Wan with his siblings and friends, posing just outside the famed Batu Gajah […]
The history-buffs out there would know this fact: that King Edward VIII ascended the throne of England in January 1936, after his father George V passed away. However, in November that same year, there was “a constitutional crisis” when Edward wanted to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson (a divorcee). Eventually on 11 December, Edward abdicated; and […]
A couple of months ago, one of our readers – Hasbi – sent us these pictures. This grand old building is the Rumah Besar of none other than Raja Bilah. The gentleman in the picture is Hasbi himself with his wife. They had visited Kak Saadiah – the maternal great grand daughter of Raja Bilah. […]
We at ipohWorld are proud to announce our latest photographic exhibition – at 12, Lorong Cheah Cheang Lim, Ipoh (opposite Secret Garden). This is part of the Family History Week organised by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This exhibition will be from 2 – 6 December 2014, from 10am till 6.30pm at […]
We’ve had past comments about Beauty Supermarket, which was once a famous shopping centre in Ipoh. The picture below show a pair of anniversary souvenirs from Beauty. Any collectors remember these?
It is said that the story of Horlicks began with James & William Horlick from Glouscestershire, who came up with the idea of a malt milk drink (as an artificial infant food). History aside, what was YOUR Horlicks memory like? I remember drinking this during my pre-school years. Later, this malt drink (and the famous […]
Our Facebook-fans have been going wild over our previous posts. So here’s another well-known brand to tease you lot This tinplate dates back to around 1950. Oh, WHO does not know Brand’s Essence of Chicken?!
The ‘experts in the kitchen’ are definitely familiar with Lyle’s Golden Syrup It all started out in 1881, when Abram Lyle set up a sugar refinery on the banks of the Thames river. This company, named Abram Lyle & Sons, was run by Lyle and his three sons. Thus the story goes (more can be […]
advertisement taken from Times of Malaya, 6 August 1959 From what I found out, the Zam Buk company came into existence in the early 1900s – in Yorkshire. This balm became “an essential item for the home” before modern medicine took over. (more can be read here) I don’t know when Zam Buk became popular […]
This was taken off the souvenir programme of “Fiddler on the Roof”, back in 1974. Wasn’t that long ago…I wonder how many of you remember this Maybe some of the actors are reading this – we’d love to hear your thoughts!
This photo is from Angie Yeow. This was taken at a function held at St John’s Ambulance Hall, in Ipoh. Can you recognise the people in the photograph? If you were one of those who attended this event, please tell us more about it
picture from Larry Sawyer Here’s another one from the same donor who sent us those Malim Nawar photos. Looks like these men (and women too!) are in the midst of an interesting conversation. Note also the table layout – I see some teacups and some fancy glasses. Not forgetting the rather unique floral arrangement too
Back then, some folks in Ipoh counted the cinema halls and the famous Ipoh Race Course as part of their usual hang-outs (of course this was before Parkson and Aeon/Jusco came about!). What I found interesting about the above photo – of the race course nonetheless – is the outside of the Grand Stand. Note […]
In the early 1900s, floods in Ipoh were rather common – possibly due to the silting of rivers because of mining. Later, plans were made to straighten the sharp bends of the Kinta River and divert the River Choh. This would allow the waters to flow into the Pinji River instead of directly flowing into […]
Nicholas Jennings sent us this – with the title Ipoh Swimming Club 1962 original. Could this really be the original club – before the renovations took place? Also, notice the small balcony on the far left..could it be part of the dining area?
We’re glad to know that so many of you out there have been reconnecting with lost friends through our blog – especially on THIS topic about the Malim Nawar power plant! So, here’s another picture (from Larry Sawyer), showing the plant in the background. If you recognise the people in the picture, do tell us […]
We’ve featured pictures and articles from various clubs and associations before. This time, we’d like to present (what we believe to be) a page from the Rotary Newsletter. The picture below is a close-up view of the Ipoh Branch meeting details. Rotarians out there might recognise some of the names. We thank Nicholas Jennings for […]
picture from: Ruth Iversen Rollitt This 1953 photo shows John and B M Iversen (the famed Danish architect). I’m guessing the house in the background was probably designed by Iversen (but I could be wrong)….however, what really caught my eye was the car. Has anyone seen such a model before? I know I haven’t – […]
This is one of the many colonial-style bungalows which once stood proud against Batu Gajah’s landscape. Sadly, not many of them are still around today. This one, sent to us by Rosemary Palmer, has stood the test of time – and is still being used
picture from: Ruth Iversen Rollitt What I found interesting about this one is the local boy’s clothing – a pair of long pants, pulled up to his stomach This boy was probably one of the many children who ran around the estate back then. Wonder what’s become of him…..
With technology advancing everyday, I wonder how many of us can actually claim to have used a good old fashioned typewriter! This advertisement (sent to us by Nicholas Jennings) is for Royal Typewriters. Was this a very popular brand back then? Did any of you own one (or any other typewriter brand)? On that note, […]
We received this from Daniel Doutriaux (part of a series of photographs from an album). These are the girls from Batu Gajah Convent – excited as they explore the new science lab. The year was 1956….do you recognise any of them in the photo? (Or, maybe YOU are in there?) We’d love to hear from […]
advertisement courtesy of: Nicholas Jennings Philco Radios were around as early as 1928. However, the company almost went bust and was later bought over by Ford Motor Company (in the 1960s). These radios must have had a special place in their owners hearts – Ron Ramirez even has a book dedicated to this radio! (more […]
Nicholas Jennings (our donor) tells us that: the boy standing on the running board is his uncle Nigel (the third son of J A S Jennings). At the wheel is Eric Jennings (the eldest son), and seated beside the driver is Rose Winnifred (Freda) Jennings. In the background is the family home (No. 50 Gopeng […]
I don’t know the actual name of this dish, but I do know that many enjoy eating it – especially for a late supper! Our photographer visited this stall in Taiping. Apparently, the dish he ate (right) cost him RM 11. I’m sure there are similar stalls in Ipoh which sell this treat. So we […]
We received the following email from Kong Khen: “Recently, I found a class photograph of my dad taken in 1940. I’ve identified it as the remedial class of English lesson, from what was mentioned by my dad. Could IPOHWORLD help to confirm if the teachers were from ACS school. Dad mentioned that he attended English […]
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…the Papan Mosque? Initially I thought this was part of a typical kampung house, but was sorely mistaken! It is in fact a mosque. This Mandailing-styled mosque was built in 1888 by Raja Bilah. It was later restored and reconstructed by the National Museum (Muzium Negara) in 1999. Has anyone seen it?
We thank Ruth Iversen Rollitt for this gem. We estimate the year was 1925 – yes, it was that long ago folks!
picture from: Rosemary Palmer At first glance, I thought I was looking at the entrance of the Ipoh Club. This building however is the Kinta Golf Club, in Batu Gajah! But then again, you can’t deny the similarities, can you? I wonder when this club came into existence…
picture from: Larry Sawyer I don’t remember this design on our Malaysian planes (long before my time anyway ) but I’m sure some of you out there do remember this. I’m curious to know what image that is – on the nose of the plane. Is it some kind of bird? Or just a random […]
I dare say that apart from the Ubudiah Mosque, the Royal Palace is the next famous landmark in Kuala Kangsar This picture here, courtesy of Ruth Iversen Rollitt, shows a different view of the palace – probably before the renovations were done. Could anyone help us with a rough date?
Larry Sawyer sent this to us. It looks like the inside of that famous power plant (which caught everyone’s attention on the blog!). What we don’t know is: Who are these people in the front row? Could it be the Manager and a guest (with their respective wives)? I’m also curious to know who the […]
Ever wondered what happened to this famous Gopeng Landmark? Well, wonder no more! Thanks to our photographer Charlie, we have these pictures for your viewing pleasure! As the State Government once promised, a section of one of the pipes on its original structure has been saved and turned into a sort of a memorial to […]
From all of us to all of you – on this special day 16th September!
picture courtesy of Ruth Iversen Rollitt Some of you Anderson School Alumni may remember this building. The younger ones may have seen it in their school magazine. Well, this was once Anderson School – before the present building was built.
If you happen to drive by Persiaran Bercham Selatan 1 (just behind 7-11), you might see this man hard at work! He may not be as vigorous as the famed ‘Spiderman’, but I’m sure his dish has its own unique taste. Here’s a closer look (picture below) Our photographer told us that this dish – […]
We don’t mean to confuse you again, but here’s another photo of a local market This one isn’t in Ipoh….it’s actually in Batu Gajah (according to our donor Wendy Lewis). Notice the shape of the roof - quite unique for a market building, don’t you think? Any Batu Gajah folks around? Perhaps they could tell […]
picture courtesy of Ruth Iversen Rollitt We’ve featured this Club on our blog before, but here’s a different view of it. Notice the structure on the far left. I wonder what’s happened to it. And if your eyes are sharp enough, note the vehicle on the far right too!
Wendy Lewis tells us that this holiday resort was in Pangkor Island. Back then (probably the 1950s) there was no air-condition – only fans and mosquito nets! I wonder if this resort is still there….perhaps it has been upgraded with more modern facilities (besides air-condition, perhaps free wi-fi too?). Any frequent visitors to Pangkor? Do […]
click to enlarge poster Calling all music lovers! Keep this weekend free – 6th and 7th September 2014 – and treat yourself (and your family/friends) to this “sumptuous spread of music” For tickets and further details, call PSPA : 05 – 242 7814
(courtesy of Larry Sawyer) All you Philatelists out there may remember this First Day Cover (or even have it in your collection!). Yes, this one came out back in 1957 – when Malaya received her Independence. Just wondering: were there OTHER such souvenirs made for this momentous occasion? (like mugs, badges, t-shirts, etc.)
I was told by our photographer that this dessert is known as Dai Gao Meen. Some people call it Apam-Balik. What ever YOU call it, what matters is that it tastes GOOD, right? Crispy on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside…with a little crunch from the peanuts. Dear Foodies, do any of you […]
I know we’ve featured this house before. But this photo (from Larry Sawyer) is a coloured version- yes, it’s the same beautiful house which is now (sadly) abandoned along Tiger Lane. The Sawyers lived here for a while, from what Larry told us.