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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow

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No, I’m not referring to the famous cowboy series. I’m talking about this row of shops along Hugh Low Street. At present, seven of these shops have been painted according to the seven colours of the rainbow. This picture however was taken back in the 1950s.

We’re not offering any prizes for guessing, but all the same can you name any/or all of  the seven shops in particular?

We thank John McAuley for this picture.

  1. AHLAI says:

    How nostalgic this scene is? The 7 shops at their height of business. (Sigh) today, those businesses had closed. And the bicycles galore, a common mode of transport of many.

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    can you name any/or all of the seven shops in particular?

    What’s there today is viewable via the Internet. What I find encouraging is that six of the seven tenants who were there three years ago are still there today.

    Whereas if you’re asking what was there in the distant past, well, I do recall a few things …

    For example, shortly after the war a tailor opened for business in the shop that’s now painted indigo. He was still there in the late ’60s.

    Also in the late ’60s, in the shop that’s now painted orange there was Lendo, a clothier quite popular among the younger set, as you can see on this page:


    where Mano and rosebud discussed it briefly some years ago.

  3. Mano says:

    Dear Ipoh Remembered,
    Thanks to you, it was interesting to read what had been posted nearly seven years ago. A child born then would be in school now!
    Back to the post. It was also when T-shirts became the craze. The popularity fueled by the country’s hot and humid climate. Lendo was the only place selling ‘Fruit of the Loom’ T-shirts. They were pretty ordinary looking but it was this feeling of wearing something out of the ordinary, I guess. This brand is still available worldwide but it was Lendo that introduced it in Ipoh.
    As for the Concert for Bangladesh, Ravi Shankar should be given due mention and equal credit with George Harrison.
    Incidentally, just for the info of our readers, Ravi Shankar had two daughters, sitar maestro and composer, Anoushka Shankar and none other than nine time Grammy Award winner, Norah Jones.

  4. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear Mano

    I do enjoy Ravi Shankar’s music and that of his daughters. Shankar, of course, influenced composers around the world, among them the American minimalist, Philip Glass: the two of them made an album, Passages, which is still one of my favorites.

    About Lendo: Thanks for the additional information. I don’t recall ever buying anything there except perhaps on the day the shop opened in the mid-’60s. I wonder when it closed down. Can you estimate?

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