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March 2014

“Home Sweet Home” ?

By |2014-03-27T12:59:17+08:00March 27th, 2014|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories, Restoration|Tags: , |

We were told by Ruth Iversen Rollitt that these houses were designed by her father B M Iversen.

malim_nawarclick to enlarge

Yes folks, these houses are STILL THERE – at the compound of the Perak Hydro Power Station in Malim Nawar! Those of you who once lived here, do you see YOUR former home in these pictures? πŸ˜‰

The ‘Post Office’ Mystery!

By |2014-03-24T15:16:56+08:00March 21st, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , , , |


According to Nick Band (our donor), the caption for this 1957 photograph reads as Post Office, Brewster Road, from the Eastern. If you zoom in on the ‘Pejabat Pos’ signage, the smaller street sign (left) reads as Cockman Street. THIS is what’s confused us πŸ˜‰

Ipoh-experts out there, can you help us? Is this really the junction of Brewster Road and Cockman Street?

Once Upon a Time at Cator Avenue…

By |2014-03-18T15:28:21+08:00March 18th, 2014|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: |

photo_edited-1This photograph is from Ron Lee (from Australia), sent through SK – who then forwarded it to us.
(click to enlarge)

So, Cator Avenue boys…do you see yourself (and/or your friends) in this photograph? Do you remember the teacher? I can’t help but admire her sense of fashion…she must have been quite a character too πŸ˜‰

Here Comes the SPIDERMAN!

By |2014-03-17T16:08:15+08:00March 17th, 2014|Categories: childhood, food, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

Mano asked if we could start a food blog page and after discussing it we have decided to intersperse our traditional style heritage photos with some food photos and invite comments on certain well-known local foods. If there is sufficient enthusiasm from our readers this will become a regular feature of ipohWorld’s World.

So what could be better than to start this new venture with the famous dish Sar Hor Fun and a picture of the most famous purveyor of this wondrous food – Spiderman.


We were fortunate to get this picture from Ms Ong Su-ming when she wrote her growing-up stories for our book “Ipoh, My Home Town”. As you will appreciate, like others in the book, it is a very rare picture and we are very happy to share it with you all.

But now it is your turn – Who remembers Spiderman, were his noodles really that special and where else on Kinta Valley could you get Sar Hor Fun in days gone by? Where can you find it now?

Have you seen a Pegboard?

By |2014-03-14T16:09:54+08:00March 14th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , |

If you’d asked me before these photographs arrived, I would confess to not knowing what a pegboard was. In fact, now that I’ve seen what it looks like, I’m still wondering what they were used for. Well, for those of you who are still clueless about WHAT a pegboard looks like, take a look at Nick Band’s photos below:



ps: we were told that the man holding the pegboard (2nd photo) is Lee Kit.

The MCA Membership Certificate – from IpohBornKid

By |2014-03-13T16:21:58+08:00March 13th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs|Tags: , |


This Malayan Chinese Association Membership Certificate was issued in 1961 and is now in the possession of IpohBornKid. The person who owned this card has passed on and she was a member of the Menglembu (a town adjacent to Ipoh) Branch. This card was issued in Kuala Lumpur at the MCA headquarters. There is much information on the card that is of historical significance. Readers may note the signature of the issuing person and the significance of the eleven sided yellow star. The cover is dark blue in colour.

I have also seen an Ox Head Party membership card issued in Penang which belonged to one of my relatives

In the first 4 years following Merdeka, the author was aware of a substantial number of Menglembu residents who belonged to the MCA. The Chinese politicians well known in Menglembu at that era was Leong Yew Koh, Yap Yin Fah and Chong Hong Chew as MCA people. Of course, the strong man of the People’s Progressive Party, DR Seenivasagam and his brother SP Seenivasagam were also on the scene.

Wah On Theatre

By |2014-03-12T15:21:44+08:00March 12th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , |

Anyone remember Wah On Theatre? (see below)

WahOnTheatreBatuGajahAug57Nick Band tells us that this theatre was in Batu Gajah. This photograph was taken in 1957.

Does anyone know what’s happened to the theatre? Has the theatre been taken over by another establishment (as how furniture shops have taken over theatres in Ipoh)?

Getting ‘personal’ with a bucket dredge?

By |2014-03-08T08:55:40+08:00March 8th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , , |


Here’s a close-up of a bucket dredge – for those of you who’ve seen an actual dredge bucket, you can imagine the size of this machine! We thank Alison Cotterill (nee Caldwell) for this photograph. From her emails, we think that this was probably part of the Keramat Tin mine in Bidor (if we’re wrong, do let us know πŸ™‚ ).

Men’s Fashion from the 1930s?

By |2014-03-03T14:18:45+08:00March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: , |

20140226-005a(picture courtesy of Nicholas Jennings)

Whenever I see someone smoking a pipe, I keep thinking about Sherlock Holmes (perhaps it’s because I’m a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective). πŸ™‚

The man in this photograph is actually Eric Jennings. This was taken in Ipoh, sometime in the 1930s, when Eric worked with his father J A S Jennings at the Times of Malaya newspaper.

The beautiful car aside, what really drew my attention were the shoes. I’m not a fashion expert, but I’m sure this pair of shoes were in style back then (probably with a unique name too!). Fashion experts out there, we’d like to hear from you πŸ˜‰

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