Yes, here’s another aerial view of Ipoh. This time, we have Brewster Road and of course the iconic Odeon Cinema. ps: Did you know that this cinema was once called “Rex Theatre” ? 🙂
We have here two views of Belfield Street, with the HSBC building in the background. The one on the left (from Ruth Iversen Rollitt) dates back to 1958; the one on the right (from SK) was taken recently.
It is said that today – being the 7th day of the Lunar New Year – is ‘Yan Yat’ or ‘Renri’. According to Chinese customs, Renri was the day human beings were created. I’m sure there is a story or two behind this belief; we’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂 On another note, here is […]
Have you heard of Aylesbury Street? What about Chee Tuck Medical Hall?
Some of you may be able to guess WHERE this place is. So don’t keep those guesses to yourselves. On another note, what did YOU do during your younger days…when you had a Boys/Girls Night Out?
How sharp are your eyes? Can you identify some of the familiar/popular buildings in this aerial view photograph? Some of you experts out there may already know which part of Ipoh this is too 😉
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Could it be Gopeng Road? Tapah? Batu Gajah? Or…nowhere near Ipoh? You tell us 🙂
Does this place look familiar? We have no idea where it could be, and we’re hoping someone could tell us. Notice the Esso sign (extreme right). It was probably part of a garage. There’s also the decorated arch.
As stated in the bottom left, this is a postcard of a Chinese Temple. Does it look familiar? Can you guess which temple it is?
“..Besides their intended use, they could be used for cleaning equipment, polishing shoes, cleaning hands and face, signalling for attention, as a sweat band, neckerchief, as protection from dust inhalation, to repair footwear, cut out pieces to patch clothes, cut up as emergency firearms cleaning patches, Molotov cocktail wick (fire-bomb), hot cooking utensil holder, a […]
We’ve heard from the fans of model aeroplanes and model cars. Now we’d like to hear from those who played with model ships. Did you have your own fan club?
We were told that this photo was taken at Jubilee Park. Could it be so? You tell us 🙂 In the meanwhile…does anyone know WHO this pretty lady is?
Special thanks to SK and Ooi Kean Chye for these photos. On the left is NTPS Pasir Puteh back in 1962, on the right is the same school today (2019). SK also shared with us: “In the 1962 picture, in between the buildings in the middle was where we took our pictures. On the left of […]
Students from NTPS Jalan Pasir Puteh are probably grinning at the screen now. As for the former students…has the school changed much over the years? Maybe some of you have old photos of the building back then…do share them with us. On that note, how many of you remember YOUR first day at school? Was it […]
2018’s come and gone within a few blinks of the eye. We may have experienced the good, the bad, and perhaps the ugly in the last 12 months but here we are heading into 2019 leaving 2018 behind. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year from all of us here at IpohWorld. 2019, here we come!
It’s the day after Christmas or as its better known in the west, Boxing Day. After going through our presents this year, we found this interesting set which didn’t come with any figures. Part of the wild west set of toys, have you played with one of these before? Do let us know…
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year ahead! May this Christmas bring a good end to the year 2018 and a fresh challenge ahead for the new year. From all of us at
Ever had one of these in your home? This one shown above is of course for children; the adult-sized ones are larger. I do wonder if such an object is common in modern homes today….
If they ever came to life (like in those Disney cartoons), perhaps these vehicles would have been good friends 😉 Here we have a bicycle, a car and a van; all three of them ‘worked’ for Ho Yan Hor. We’d like to hear from the car-lovers out there – can you identify the type of […]
You’ve seen multilingual signboards; what about multilingual greeting flyers? Here’s one from Kailey Associates Pte. Ltd. Can you identity the various languages? 🙂
Believe it or not, Mercantile Bank existed in Taiping too 🙂 Does anyone know if this bank is still in business? Or…maybe it goes by another name now?
Many of you managed to ‘solve’ our Monday puzzle. Let’s see how many of your can guess THIS one. Ruth, if you are reading this…don’t give up the answer too soon 😉
Familiar area? Yes? No? Well, I don’t blame you if you can’t recognise this place. It is SO VERY DIFFERENT now. For those of you who know the answer, feel free to drop us a comment (or two). By the way, this place is in Ipoh…
Remember this school? It started out as a primary branch of ACS. The building is still there today, in Canning Garden. You may know it as SK Ho Seng Ong Methodist.
We’ve had lots of similar advertisements over the years. But what I would like to draw your attention to is the fine line below the picture of the camera – “Prices: Singapore $ 24.75; Penang $ 25.50; Malaysia $ 30.45” Did we always pay a few dollars more than folks from Penang?
It’s not Universal Studios…rather Universal Cars Ltd. Yes, I’m sure some of you remember this building. Last I heard, it functioned as a nightclub for a while. Now, it seems to have been abandoned. Unless…there is something going on behind the scenes, which we don’t know about; in which case, we’d like to hear from […]
Take a good look at the building in the picture below. Looks familiar? They used to be at No. 84 Hugh Low Street. Anyone know what they traded? 😉
Thanks to our donor, we have an interesting photograph here. These boys (and their Teacher perhaps?) are in the middle of a cross-country run. Any guesses as to what building that is in the background? 🙂
Said to have originally belonged to a Village Chief (Penghulu), this particular spear has a simple forged blade about 10 inches long with a wooden shaft. Overall it is around 56 inches long. Have you seen one similar to the one we have? Or have you wielded one before? 😉
Some of you may already recognise this person. For those who don’t, here are some fun facts about him: he was an architect and developer he once worked for the Ipoh Town Board as a draughtsman he also owned Caxton Press (along Belfield Street) he and his family lived at Dulcieville Lane Yes, he is […]
Do you remember the year these Alfa Romeo cars came to Malaysia? Perhaps the car-lovers might be able to tell us more. Maybe someone out there was standing in the crowd watching this promotion. And…if you were one of these pretty girls in the photograph, we’d love to hear from you too 😉
After all those photos of the city, we thought of showing you something from a village instead. If you’ve ever lived / visited such a village before, do share some of your experiences with us 🙂 pictures courtesy of Ann Kesselring Hamon
…in Taiping. These were taken by Percival Moss, a tailor who sewed uniforms for the Malay States Guides and other military organisations. We thank his grandson Bernard for sharing them with us. We estimate the date to be early 1900s.
No, we’re not being ‘bitter’ about it…but did anyone realise that this beautiful floral clock is no more? For those who’ve never had the chance to see it, here are two pictures for you; both are from Ann Kesselring Hamon. The lady in white (left image) is Ann’s mother Florence Kesselring. As for the right […]
Remember this memorial? Any idea where in Ipoh Town it stood? Or…maybe you might know WHO built it?
Ever wondered what was at the back of the Ipoh Railway Station? Well, here’s a late 1930s view (picture courtesy of Winson Saw):
Wishing all our readers and followers a very Happy Deepavali!!! From all of us at P.s. Don’t forget to save us some murukku & achi murukku yea…hehe
Merafak Sembah Setinggi-tinggi Tahniah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah Sultan, Yang Di-Pertuan dan Raja Pemerintah Negeri Perak Darul Ridzuan Selamat Menyambut Ulang Tahun Keputeraan Tahun 2018 from all of us at
Remember the Times of Malaya? Well, here’s a photo of their second building; probably around the 1930s (we could be wrong though). Last we heard, this building was rented out to the Yayasan Perak company.
Anglo Chinese Girls School? Well, if you didn’t know what the ACGS building looked like here’s an old photo. Looks like the Methodist Girls School building? That’s because it IS the MGS building 🙂 ACGS was named MGS back in 1959.
Yes, the building in the background is none other than the Veterinary Research Institute at Tiger Lane. Our donor estimates that this photo was taken around 1955. Have you been to this place? If so, do share your thoughts with us 🙂
Yes, folks…believe it or not, this is what the YMCA building looked like back in 1954. Pity the beautiful garden is no longer there today 🙁
How many of you out there lived / grew up in Simee? We’d love to hear some of your childhood adventures (or, misadventures…especially the funny ones 😉 ). Maybe someone out there may also know HOW Simee got its name?
No, this was said to be the temporary building for the Anglo Chinese Girls’ School, back in the 1950s. For those of you who don’t know, Anglo Chinese Girls’ School (or ACGS Ipoh) later became Methodist Girls’ School (MGS). Of course, the MGS building now looks nothing like this one pictured above. MGS Alumni, we’d love to […]
We’ve all heard (and seen videos) of shopping-adventures (and misadventures too). For those of you who’ve been to Emporium Perak, do share some stories with us 😉
Perhaps this was once a familiar sight in Ipoh town – dulang washers walking through the town, either going towards or coming back from the river. Anyone wants to guess which part of town these ladies are passing through?
We know you lot are good at puzzles 🙂 So here’s one for you – We believe this building is somewhere in Ipoh, since our donor was a former British serviceman who served here from 1958-59. Well, put those thinking caps on, folks!
Many of you may have seen the Kuomintang Parade photos on our database. Here’s another one, from Ann Kesselring Hamon’s collection. What’s so special about this, you ask? Well, it’s in colour! ps: Recognise the street?
Hypothetical scenario: Imagine you’ve just inherited a LOT of money…and you’ve decided to build a beautiful mansion. Well, let us ‘help’ you with some interior decoration ideas 😀 We have here some photographs of what the inside of the Kinta Kellas Estate bungalow once looked like. Yes, this wooden bungalow once belonged to none other […]
We’ve had this photo in our archive for some time now. But we don’t know much about it. The estimated year is around 1935, and we think this is part of a market. Would anyone like to help us out?
We believe these musicians were part of the Perak Hui Zhou association. While we try to find out more about this, perhaps someone out there could help us out. Does anyone remember this public performance? And if you do, do you recognise the buildings in the background?
Where were YOU back in 1979? Did you witness the Castrol ASEAN Rally? Do you remember seeing this car (picture above) in action? Although the photo is not too clear, but do you recognise the driver? 😉
Some of you may recognise it. Some of you are still scratching your heads. Worry not, this is in fact the ruins of a brick bungalow built by none other than William Kellie Smith. Last I recall, these ruins were within the grounds of the famed Kellie’s Castle (hope they haven’t disappeared or made way […]
Today’s puzzle is brought to you by Ipoh Remembered. Can you guess what the green, blue and orange sections are in the photograph? And while you’re at it, can you also guess the year?
Yes, you read it right. This is the old Town Hall…in Taiping 🙂 We think this photograph was taken in the early 1900s (we could be wrong). Anyone from Taiping reading this? We’d like to know what’s become of this building.
In the back row, right, is a gentleman by the name of Charles Green. History-buffs may tell you that ‘Greentown’ was named after him. This photograph was taken in 1902, after a cricket match. Do you recognise anyone else in this photograph?
Wishing all our fellow readers and followers a very Happy Malaysia Day! From all of us at
Come on, dancers…don’t be shy! Tell us ALL about your ‘fancy moves’ 😉
Here’s a sample of sports medals from the 1970s. Have you seen similar ones? Have you won such medals before?
1948 to 1960 proved to be troubling times as Malaya had to experience attacks within its borders in the form of Communist insurgents. The brave men in the photograph above did their part in helping to keep their towns safe through patrolling the streets at night, they were the Auxiliary police and for that we are […]
Taken at the Birch clock tower in the late 60s, the two boys added a third member into their group by posing with the bust of J. W. W. Birch…
The donor of the photograph above attended continuation classes at ACS in 1946 and graduated in 1948. The principal, Mr. Wong Wai Lam is seated (4th from left). How many of you attended ACCS? What were your fondest memories there?
61 years ago, the Union Jack was lowered signalling the end of the British administration in what was then Malaya, 61 years ago, a new flag was raised and a new anthem was played signalling the dawn of a new age, 61 years ago, one word echoed throughout the Selangor Club Padang as the crowd […]
The photographs above was taken on the opening of the Fatimah hospital which was officiated by the Late Sultan of Perak, DYMM Sultan Idris Shah on the 6th of December 1974. Were you there on the day of the opening of the hospital? Do you recognize anyone from the photographs?
We received this via email from SK (who sent it to us on behalf of the donor). According to SK, Gurpal is looking for his former classmates. Anyone out there from Lower Six Science 2? Gurpal is looking for you. Incidentally, SK told us that this picture was taken in April 1967 – Gurpal’s last […]
Yes, “Visit Malaya” posters existed back in 1961! Here’s one which some of you may have seen… (you can read more about this poster here).
Yes, we have a few new additions to our ipohWorld collection. Here’s one of them: folks, say hello to Penny!
Chettiar (or Chetty) is a title used by various mercantile castes and social levels in South India – especially in the state of Tamil Nadu. They claim a legendary relationship with the Hindu God Murugan; according to the legend, Murugan married Valli (who was from a tribal group), hence her tribe was later called Chettyars […]
Ms Monroe once sang about diamonds being a girl’s best friend. From this photo, it seems like this lady loves the car (instead of those precious stones). But I must say, between the precious stones and a beautiful car….I would choose a car (but that’s just me!)
According to the writing on the back, this postcard dates back to 1930. Quite a view, eh?
Some of you remember your ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels (and how HARD you worked to get good grades!) Then there are others who did the Government Examination for Chinese Schools – and received a certificate like the one shown here.
Here’s a photo taken in Kampar. Recognise the car? By the way, the lady leaning against the car is our donor’s mother.
Here’s a picture of the FMSR Locomotiv Class G. The locomotive was built by R. Stephenson. It was placed in Perak Railway with the name FMSR 47 in July 1901. It was scrapped on November 1931. A series of 34 4-6-0 locomotives were built by Kitson (16), Hunslet (5), Neilson Reid & R. Stephenson. And […]
No, we’re not ‘collecting’ on behalf of LAP (Lembaga Air Perak). Instead, we’re featuring a Then & Now comparison of two water bills; on the left is a bill from 1970, and on the right is a bill from 2016.
When was the last time you saw / or even used this?
This is an aerial view of Market Street. No, not Market Street in Ipoh…rather this is Market Street in Teluk Intan 🙂 This is a view from the famous water tower.
Did it always come in 32 lb cylinders? How much did they cost? Was it delivered to your house, or did you have to get it from a supplier?
This coach was said to have ferried passengers between Taiping and Padang Rengas before the completion of the railway. And yes, this is a Kaulfuss postcard 🙂
Could this have been a branch of Cold Storage? Or, perhaps Cold Storage’s competitor? We don’t know, so we’re hoping someone out there could help us out. Our anonymous donor didn’t say much about this photograph (and unfortunately, we are no longer in contact with this person). I’m sure someone out there visited 47 Cockman […]
Following your enthusiastic comments on an old blog post, we decided to put up something else from the Triumph Owners Club (Perak) Magazine. These are from the Driving Tests at the Military Square, Ashby Road, Ipoh (back in 1975). The car on the right was said to be a Triumph Herald 1200 saloon. Car lovers care […]
Heard of Hotel Bali? It was located at Jalan Ali Pitchay. This picture was taken from their business card. On the back of the card is the following description: “Stylishly furnished modern hotel; all rooms with telephones and bathrooms; ample parking space; air conditioned bar and restaurant with beautiful waitresses in attendance; excellent Chinese and European […]
This photograph was courtesy of Lian Kim Keong, whose father (2nd from left) was a practicing chinese physician Held at the town hall, this photograph was taken on the 50th anniversary of the Perak Chinese Physicians & Druggist Association between 1970 and 1980. Dr. Ho Kai Cheong, the founder of Ho Yan Hor tea can […]
…you saw a Malayan Money Order stub? Bring back memories? We’d like to hear about it 🙂
At least that’s what I think it says on the signboard. Does anyone know which restaurant this is? Wonder if it’s still there…
The picture is not that clear, but I’m sure you can more or less see what our featured celebrity looks like. Born in 1884, he joined the Malayan Civil Service as a cadet in 1907. In 1932 he was appointed British Resident of Selangor and the following year as British Resident of Perak, a post he […]
Wishing all our muslim followers and readers Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, maaf zahir & batin. Be safe on the roads to all travelling back to your kampung this weekend! Don’t forget to save us some lemang and rendang 😉
Yes, those in the leading car in this parade were the Perak State Table Tennis Team. Incidentally, the team won the National Table Tennis Championship back in 1967. The winners went on parade through Hugh Low Street – passing the premises of the Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation. The President of the Perak Association, Towkay Chong […]
Yes, you read it right – Anglo-Chinese Girls’ School. Maybe you’re more familiar with its current name – Methodist Girls’ School (MGS). Anyway, here is a nostalgic photograph taken during the sports day. The guest of honour is none other than Mrs Florence Kesselring.
Anyone remember this comic/magazine? Was Roy named after a famous football star? If you were one of those who followed this series, did he make it to Mexico? [ Yes, FIFA World Cup is upon us! 😉 ]
This was once a common sight in the tin mines. When was the last time you saw THIS object (below)?
Yes, there was such a place called Perak Club. It was founded in Taiping, in 1880. Thanks to Bernard Moss, we have some pictures of it on our database. Here’s one of the pictures – just to show you what the building looked like.
I’m no car expert…but I’m pretty sure this car is a Mercedes (I could be wrong though). Anyone care to guess which part of town this is?
I’m sure you’ve seen this before. The question is, have you seen one with the words “E II R”?
Yes, another corny pun 🙂 Remember this brand of detergent? What about the free gift that came with it? I’m sure there are some of you out there (yours truly included) who bought certain items simply because there was a free gift offer…..come on, own up!
No, we didn’t make this word up 😉 ‘Sinalco’ is said to be an abbreviation of the Latin sine alcohole, which means “without alcohol”. Sinalco is the oldest soft drink brand in Europe (it was first marketed in 1902!), and is produced by Sinalco International, Germany. Perhaps the advertisement might give you a clue as to how these […]
Yes, this IS Peoples’ Park…with part of Hugh Low Bridge on the right.
No, we’re not trying to scare you 😉 Although not strictly a Psychological Warfare tool, like the air-dropped leaflets, this brochure certainly formed an early part of the psychological fight against the communists. For those of you who remember the Malayan Emergency, have you seen similar posters in and around your neighbourhood?
Here’s another Kaulfuss postcard for you. Do you recognise the building in the background? Wonder if it’s still there in Gopeng…
After a history-making election, here’s a throwback to the first general election that took place in 1955. The photograph above is that of a Bomoh in Pasir Salak, who with his sheep’s head and other paraphernalia of his trade, keeping the crowd in suspense.
Keep calm and vote wisely!
Manufactured by Shibata Industrial Co. Ltd and distributed by Taiwo Trading (Penang) likely before Independence, this manual paddy treadle thresher definitely requires a bit of effort or footwork to say the least. Those who have used threshers like these will tell you it’s no easy task. Have you had to work for your meals (literally) […]
A book written by Lee Weng Onn and published in 2006 is the story of Nephew and the FMS Bar & Restaurant. To all those who used to frequent the FMS Bar & Restaurant I’m sure you’ll remember Nephew, the barman well. Do share with us, what’s your fondest memory of Nephew and the FMS […]
A custom printed envelope from P. S. Jamnadass & Co. who were at 15 & 17, Market Street. Do you know of any other tailors whose businesses were at Market Street back in the day as well??
Not quite. This picture was taken at an actual event, which was held at the Lido Theatre in Ipoh! Does anyone remember this event? If you are this 12 year old who won this competition…we’d LOVE to hear from you too! 😉
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?
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?
The form above is that of a Hire and Purchase Agreement issued by the Eu Tong Sen Finance (Malaya) Ltd. for the purchase of an Austin 7 Super Saloon in the year 1962 at the cost price of $4338.25. How many of you have heard of the Eu Tong Sen Finance Ltd? We’d like to hear from […]
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.
We once featured an old railway ticket. Today, we’re showcasing a platform ticket. 🙂 Yes, it cost 20 cents!
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).
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?
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 […]
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?
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 – […]
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 […]
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?
Wishing all our readers and followers a Happy 2018!!!
For those who are still wondering, her name is Lin Dai. Here she is featured on a Shaw Brothers Calendar – for the month of January, 1963. What we’d like to know is: if YOU had a chance to produce a calendar with pictures of celebrities, who would you feature? You’re allowed to have more […]
Our donor Alan Steel shared the following story with us: “Xmas day, we entertained the children from the local Dr. Barnados home. Staff Battersby turned this jeep into a train to take them on a tour.” According to Alan, the one dressed as Santa (in picture) was Battersby himself!
Wishing all our readers and followers a very Happy and Merry Christmas from all of us at
We’re all familiar with Christmas cards (paper and e-cards too!). Have you received a handwritten Christmas greeting in Chinese, complete with hand-painted bamboo motives and a poem? This is indeed a rare finding!
Our featured celebrity was educated at ACS, Ipoh. He studied medicine in Singapore and subsequently spent his entire working life in Ipoh. In recognition for his contributions to the medical profession, this gentleman was given the highest award of Honorary Membership (in 1984) by the Malayan Medical Association. Besides his dedication to his job, he […]
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 😉
Oops, I guess the decor in the malls must have gotten me in the Christmas mood early this year. This here is a photograph taken in 1956 of the soldiers from the 12th Infantry Workshop REME (Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers) organizing a Christmas party at their base in Ipoh for the orphans and the […]
Photo courtesy of the late Bro. Vincent Corkery After the Japanese surrendered in 1945 many Victory Parades were held, in Malaya as well as other parts of the world, to mark the occasion. The largest was said to have taken place in London, on 8th June 1946. Our featured photograph today is that of the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Merafak Sembah Setinggi-tinggi Tahniah Selamat Menyambut Ulang Tahun Keputeraan Tahun 2017 from all of us at
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…
This is the Meikai EL, a camera introduced in 1963 by Togodo, a minor japanese camera manufacturer. This simple and cheap camera was targeted at a young audience and was often sold in toy and stationary stores back then. With that said, what was your memory of your first camera? Come and share them with […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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’ […]
Have you heard of the Iskandar Shah School?
Photograph courtesy of Irene John Have you ever heard of the Jubilee Transport Company or rode on their buses before? The company was running a bus service from Lumut to Ipoh from 1932 to 1935. Incidentally, an article from The Straits Times dated 24th of July 1937 read “Ipoh To Have New Bus Service. If […]
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 […]
Wishing all our Muslim followers a ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha’!
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 […]
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 […]
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?
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?
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).
Measuring at 55 centimetres tall, this kerosene lamp was manufactured by Drawing Petrol Lamps. How many of you have seen or had this at home?
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 […]
This particular enamel sign was likely hung in the premises of a ‘Rubber Dealer’, anyone remember any rubber dealers that were in town?
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 […]
Who needs an aircond when you have your own personal fan?! But since Ipoh has been ‘Crazy Hot’ for the past couple of months, I take that back. Hehe… These are handheld rattan Punkahs, not to be confused with the large swinging fans that were fixed to the ceiling and pulled by a coolie. The word […]
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 […]
Picture courtesy of Michael Ho This was taken outside the Chartered Bank in January of 1985 back when Jalan Dato’ Maharaja Lela was still known as Station Road / Jalan Stesen.
Kindly click on picture to enlarge. Some of you may recognize this bridge, most of you pass it driving up North. With the caption Sg. Perak Bridge, July 1984, we believe that this is the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Bridge located on the northern part of the North-South Highway.
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!
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, […]
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?
Ais krim potong anybody? The weather in Ipoh has just been crazy for the past few weeks, scorching hot in the afternoon, heavy thunderstorms in the evening. We remember seeing a man on his motorbike selling ais krim potong near the roundabout of Persiaran Greenhill a couple of years back, we haven’t seen him […]
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).
No, this is not a treasure chest that you’d find in a cave. This is an ice box that the ice man would load on his bicycle where he’d then go round selling. Two whole blocks of ice covered in sawdust to keep it from melting any quicker than it should, on a hot day. How would he […]
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?
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.
The next time you’re on Jalan Tun Perak (formerly Conolly Road) and you’re heading to Buntong via Jalan Sungai Pari, keep an eye out for this long-ish building after the turn. This particular building believed to be more than a century old was once the quarters for staff members of the ‘Public Works Department’ or […]
Photograph courtesy of Richard Saxey This was taken in the 1960s when the new turbines and controls were installed at the Malim Nawar Power Station. Do you recognize these men?
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!
….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 […]
“Have you ever seen a pot the size of a fist!?”. Wait a minute. I didn’t get that quite right, let’s try that again, “Have you ever seen a fist the size of a pot!?” is a Cantonese phrase often used by actors like Stephen Chow in movies when trying to scare someone into not […]
Dear all, we are saddened by the passing of Lee Siew San better known as Mrs. Hew, one of Dato’ Lat’s iconic characters in his Kampung Boy series. A wake will be held tonight and tomorrow night at the Our Mother Of Perpetual Help Church’s (Ipoh Garden) Funeral Parlour and her funeral will take place […]
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 […]
These bulbs could be used for torchlights, radio panels and bicycle lamps too. I do wonder; were they long-lasting bulbs?
Anyone remembers Kwong Sang Tailors or had been a patron of the business in the past? We’d like to hear from you if you do or were a patron. =)
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…
Photograph courtesy of Tom Eadie This was taken in 1955 as the ‘A’ Troop rolled out of the Old Convent (Taiping) and was headed for the Cameron Highlands via Tapah. “The climb beyond Tapah with its claustrophobic intimidating high-rising jungle crowding the eternally bending narrow roadway was enough to make everyone feel vulnerable and on […]
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 […]
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 […]
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? 🙂
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? […]
An old Dunlop sign with the man himself John Boyd Dunlop at the bottom of the sign. We think its from the 50’s, have you all seen this sign with J. B. Dunlop before?
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…
Some say chicken, some say fish, some say other things. From the design, we think this rattan basket was used to transport fish. What say you?
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 […]
The picture above was taken from a postcard, on the back are the words “Enclosure surrounding Town Hall”. Our guess is that this was taken in the early 1900’s, before the railway station was built. What do you think photo detectives?
Located in Kroh (known as Pengkalan Hulu today), a town in the northern district of Perak bordering Thailand is Cheun Fong, a coffee shop where this cup and saucer originated from. With that said, has anyone been to this particular coffee shop or Kroh lately?
Photo courtesy of Duncan Paterson, taken at a fancy dress party in the Ipoh Club (1940) Wishing all our followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance! From all of us at
I’m sure many of you are still engrossed with the picture in our previous post but here’s something to give your detective minds a break. The iconic 555 notebook, we know this small little notebook was used for a lot of things but what did you use this notebook for back in the day?
Here’s something to start-up your week. The building in this particular picture is said to be a hotel in Ipoh, Federated Malay States (FMS). Anyone recognizes the building or knows where this hotel might have been? P. S. We’re not too sure of the name of the hotel or where this building was located.
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…
Ever wondered how people back then managed to fill up tin bags without spilling the contents? Believe it or not, this simple looking funnel played a key role in keeping the tin ore in the bags. These work similar to how an oil funnel would work. Here’s how things work: First you insert the funnel into the bag, […]
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?
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 […]
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. […]
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?
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.
Anyone remember this wine merchant from Clare Street? Is this shop still in business?
The photograph above is part of a set of Leong Fu’s, ‘The Chinese Kung-Fu Karato (Atado)’ which was generously donated to us by Dato’ Lim Si Boon. The entire set consists of a promotional booklet (small booklet in the centre) and a 21 part series of illustrated loose sheet instructions. According to peterharrington.co.uk, no copies have been recorded by the Online […]
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 🙂
The photographs in this blog post are from the collection of photographs that were generously donated to us by Tom Eadie, who served throughout 1955 to 1956 in Malaya. The “A Troop Experience” is an 8 part series which we have recently put up on our database, the entries are of Tom Eadie, a retired Bombadier (Bdr) […]
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 🙂
Yes! Tripadvisor travellers worldwide have voted Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo into the Top 1% of Attractions Worldwide. Ipoh’s Number 1 attraction since April 2015 continues to go from strength to strength and is also voted the 4th Best Museum in Malaysia! With a Certificate of Excellence and voted the Traveller’s Choice, isn’t it time […]
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.
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 […]
How many of you can guess what this is? What was it used for…and perhaps, which year this was from?
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?
The majestic view of the railway station has often left many of us in awe over the years and even more so today after the landscaping of the garden. Around the Ipoh tree are plaques that tells the story of Perak and its districts, upon closer inspection we found that most of these plaques are either […]
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 🙂
Picture courtesy of Tom Eadie Here’s something to start your Monday engines, this is a picture of a sort of busy street taken in 1955. Take a wild guess where this could be, not the street but the place. I’ll give you a clue, it was named the capitol of Perak after the assassination of […]
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; 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!
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! […]
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: 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 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!
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?
The festival of the Fifth month which is also known as the Dragon Boat Festival or commonly known as the Dumpling Festival which is held on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese calendar is said to have originated from dragon worship according to Wen Yiduo, a Chinese poet and scholar. […]
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 😉
Anyone remembers this handy stationary? Despite being more than 60 years old and less glossy than its modern day counterpart, this machine marked The “Hazel” still packs a “Punch” or two as good as its grandchildren, but the question is do you know what it is?
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 […]
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 ;)]
Tania Gotzes (nee Fairnington) whose family once lived at Godwin Close and Canning Gardens back in the 60s is trying to locate the amah who took care of her when she was younger. She remembers her full name being Tho Leen Ho, who’d likely be in her 80’s and that she also has a daughter […]
A familiar sight once upon a time, a forgotten memory over time. The building in the picture above, consists of 4 residential units linked together. It is located on a plot of land behind the Syeun Hotel known as Lot 32630 of Jalan Idris, Greentown. According to the donor of this photograph, the image […]
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 🙂
Yes, this is what a Malayan Airways airline ticket looked like back then! 🙂
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Picture taken from Tin Phil Sinnappan’s Facebook Post Dato’ Brother Vincent Corkery passed away peacefully today at 12:18pm. Wake services tonight, 22nd of March and tomorrow night, 23rd March is at 8pm. His funeral will be at 10:30am on Thursday, 24th of March at St. Michael’s Church. Dato’ Brother Vincent has been associated with St. […]
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….
This here is a fragrance manufactured by Firmenich, a Swiss fragrance and flavor manufacturer founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1895. We were wondering if any of you could help us shed some light to this fragrance (Chettiar Kathambam) in particular. Anyone?
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?
Brooklax Chocolate Laxative, something that you would probably be looking for in an emergency. Have you ever encountered other brands of laxatives back in the day?
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?
We’ll just let you all have a fun time guessing what this is….and do leave us some interesting stories too! 🙂
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 […]
Above is a type of Vehicle lubricant manufactured by Shell but we are not too sure which category it falls under. From the design of the logo, we believe that this particular lubricant was manufactured between 1955 to 1961. The unique design of the canister is reflected through the spout at the top as well […]
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 🙂
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’….
A simple altar with offerings to the Jade Emperor Hokkien New Year is celebrated every year on the Ninth Day of Chinese New Year. Some may wonder, why the ninth day, why not the first day? Legend has it that during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the Hokkiens were attacked by bandits and to save themselves, they […]
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
Not much longer now til the sound of fire crackers fill the skies marking a New Year in the Chinese Calender. Reunion dinners are where most families are at on this New Year’s Eve and the dish above is a traditional yet unmissable one on this auspicious occasion. The “Bangkuang Char” sometimes also called the […]
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 🙂
It’s beginning to look like Chinese New Year, everywhere you go. You hear songs of prosperity, at every mall that you go, its the cheerful kind that sets your hearts aglow. With Chinese New Year being less than two weeks away, preparations for the auspicious celebration would have started for most. Traditional cookies like “Kuih […]
Picture courtesy of Janet Ferguson & Nellie Cumming Field trips are usually educational and fun. Visiting an open cast tin mine? Couldn’t have been more educational and fun could it? A picture of Nellie and her classmates on a field trip to one of the open cast tin mines (unnamed). Where have you been for your field […]
It was definitely a pleasant surprise to have the boy and gals from the Ipoh Classic Car Club in Old Town this morning. They parked their beauties at the corner of the Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea museum which is of course right next to our very own Han Chin Pet Soo. Guess I’ll just […]
A photo of a Military Band in Ipoh taken in 1951, we believe this is the Chamberlain Road round-about but are not 100 percent sure if it is. Anyone recognizes where the location could be?
A picture possibly depicting a policeman or a home guard patrolling a street in Chemor in the 1950s after the declaration of the Malayan Emergency two years earlier.
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’ !
Interested in connecting with aspiring writers? Sharpened Word is back and they are meeting at the Sepaloh Art Gallery on the 16th of January at 2:30pm. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/sharpenedword.kinta
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 / […]
Wishing our followers a very happy 2016 from all of us here at Ipoh World! May the year 2016 be a great one for all.
On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me sweet Christmas treats! Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas like we did.
Picture courtesy of Ganesh C. A photo of the second batch of committee members of The Perak Cheng Clan Association (Persatuan Puak Cheng Perak) to be voted into office in 1st January 1962.
Picture courtesy of Mr. Au On a hot and scorching day, who wouldn’t love a dip in the pool. As pictured above with waist-deep waters was one of the floods that hit Ipoh in 1930.
Season’s greetings from all of us at Ipohworld! Wishing all our followers and readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Two days away from Christmas, anyone up for a Pre-Christmas party? We believe that this photo was taken during a sketch that took place at a Christmas party that was held in Tronoh.
Picture courtesy of Marea Smith A picture of the dredge in Tanjung Tualang taken in the 70s. You can still see this ‘Monster of the Mines’, Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No. 5 (TT5) along Jalan Tanjung Tualang when you travel from Batu Gajah to Tanjung Tualang.
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?
Just thought some of you would like to click Han Chin Pet Soo on Facebook and see what our visitors have been up to lately. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/Han-Chin-Pet-Soo-389066454583533/
Curious onlookers surrounding the “Ting-ting Man’s” bicycle The man and his “Ting-Ting” As I was on my way for an appointment, a sound that would have been very familiar to the older generation could be heard along Jalan Panglima (Panglima Street). Out of curiosity, I looked around and I saw this man on his bicycle. According […]
Picture courtesy of Poh Choo Lim Thanks to Ipoh World, our plan for organizing a reunion with our primary school teachers has finally materialized. From the few postings in their blog, exactly five years to the date after the first posting, Nov. 22, 2010. We were able to gather about 30 former students to participate […]
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 […]
Ipoh has so many places we can go to for breakfast that we sometimes miss out the good stuff. Sin Kong Meng, a coffee shop along Jalan Bandar Timah is often overlooked by hungry patrons as they drive past to get to Sin Yoon Loong and Nam Heong, located at the end of that particular street. Little do […]
A familiar street which Ipoh-ites would definitely recognize. If you do know, don’t tell us where but tell us what was your best memory of the street?
*Hurry! Hurry! Seats are running out, due to overwhelming support. Seats will only be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Old Boys / Girls of NTPS, Jalan Pasir Puteh, Ipoh are honouring their former teachers with a Halal Buffet Dinner at EURASIA CAFE, No. 28, Jalan Medan, Ipoh 3, Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh, […]
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?
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 […]
The program book for ‘The Other Festival 2015’ The Other Festival, a festival of Arts, History and Food organized by Kakiseni kicked off in Ipoh on the 22nd of October and would be active until the 8th with fun filled events over the course of 3 weekends. A couple of famous Ipoh-ites would also be […]
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! 🙂
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’.
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 […]
Happy 52nd Birthday Malaysia! from all of us at
About a month ago, a mysterious fire broke out at the shop lot behind the former Rex Cinema and razed the two vacant lots (top picture). The lot across the street was also razed by another fire, 3 years prior. This lot has since faced major re-development and the first picture at the bottom left shows […]
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. […]
Coffee is an essential part of breakfast for most people and no, this isn’t the famous Ipoh White Coffee if that’s what you’re thinking. Our photographer had this at Wah Nam Coffee Shop this morning. All you coffee lovers out there, where would you recommend that serves the best coffee? P/s. not White Coffee but […]
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 […]
The statue of Saint John Baptist De La Salle on the gable of St. Michael’s Institution A reporter from The Star newspaper, Christina Koh wrote about the story of how the brothers at St. Michael’s Institution rushed to save a large bronze statue of Saint John Baptist De La Salle by removing it, loading it […]
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?
A box of these could light up 10 of your childs’ nights according to the print on the box. Price’s Childs’ Night Lights, does the box bring back memories of the good ol’ days? Let us know. =)
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!
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 […]
Written by an alumni of the band, Master Tan Wei Shern is a book about the St. Michael’s Institution school band or popularly known as the Michaelian Military Band (MMB) which includes history of the band and more. The book also includes an array of photos from various years, you might just find a picture of […]
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?
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?
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…..
After featuring mostly Chinese dishes in our previous blog posts, we thought of doing something different this time by featuring the ‘Garlic Naan Set’ which usually comes with a huge piece of tandoori chicken from “Restoran Kapitan Briyani Claypot”, located between Jalan Kledang Utara and Jalan Lahat. Over the years quite a number of Northern Indian […]
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….
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. […]
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!
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 😉
courtesy of Ruth Iversen Rollitt Here’s another angle of a once famous hotel. I’m sure most of you recognise this building (and Iversen-design, if I’m not mistaken). Does anyone know what shops occupied the left part of the photo?
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 […]
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!
Picture courtesy of Yeoh Lam Swee Here’s something to kick-off your week, can anyone guess the location of bungalow in this picture is? I’ll give you a hint, it’s a place where travellers meet to go somewhere. Happy guessing!
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 […]
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 […]
“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. […]
donated by Lim Soo Ken Did you know that the character in the picture above does not exist in the Chinese dictionary? The character ‘Ngai’ which means ‘Me’ in Hakka. The image above was on the wall of the Hakka museum of China (Meizhou). Any other Hakka characters you know of that doesn’t exist in the Chinese […]
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 […]
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 […]
photo from: Michael Ho By looking at the background, you’ll probably guess that this was taken in St. Michael’s Institution and the man in white is none other than Brother Ultan Paul.From the short description at the back of the photo we only know that this is the “Champion House for Swimming” in 1970, any idea which ‘House’ this was […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 😉
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? 😉
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 […]
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 […]
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?
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 […]
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
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?
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! 🙂
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 […]
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’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?
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 […]
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 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 […]