A Puzzle for your Weekend… 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? Related posts: 156, Hugh Low Street, Ipoh Can you spot them? Where Are They Now? Remember Hup Hing Shoe Store? By felicia|2016-06-10T16:31:05+08:00June 10th, 2016|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town|33 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsappGoogle+TumblrPinterestVkEmail Related Posts Teen Idols? Gallery Teen Idols? Singing with emotion Gallery Singing with emotion Then & Now – Movie Posters Gallery Then & Now – Movie Posters ‘Reel’ life Gallery ‘Reel’ life “The Greatest Show on Earth” Gallery “The Greatest Show on Earth” 33 Comments sk June 10, 2016 at 4:56 pm - Reply Looks like a funeral procession near Central Market but I dont remember any 5 stories building in Ipoh, even now. They could not have pulled down a majestic looking piece of architecture. sk June 11, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply Just saw a little clue .S Pritam Singh & Co truck parked on the left. Could this be in Ipoh Little India? Lim Keat Boon June 11, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply There is not many 5 storey buildings in Ipoh. Are you sure that this picture is taken in Ipoh. More likely to be in Penang or KL, I think. Ian Anderson June 16, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply Very often we are given pictures where the owner believes they are in Ipoh. When we don’t know where they feature we rely on you, our readers to supply the answer. sk June 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm - Reply No problem, Ian Anderson. so many readers have wrote in using their skills to identify the location. Your team in Ipohworld deserves a pat on their backs for being so industrious in keeping Ipoh heritage alive & also to in a way , helps old folk like me to sharpen my mind. Keep up the good work ! Chuah TC June 11, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply There’s a flag of India sticking out from Mr Singh’s top floor window. Now why is that? sk June 12, 2016 at 7:52 am - Reply India Independence Day August 15 ? Mano June 12, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply It’s hard to identify the make of the cars from the rear except for that Fiat Topolino parked in front of Mr. Singh’s truck. The overall design of the motor vehicles plus the Flag of India suggests that the picture was taken sometime after India’s independence between 1947 – 1950. I too am of the opinion that this is not Ipoh. It’s unlikely that there was a transport company like Mr. Singh’s in Ipoh around that period. My guess is a toss between Penang, Port Klang (Port Swettenham) or Singapore. The SS Rajula plied between these three ports and Madras in India from 1926 till 1972 when it was succeeded by the Chidambaram. There was a high Indian population at these ports hence the flying of the flag. felicia June 13, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply Hello there, SK, Mano, Chuah, and Lim! Having read all your comments, I too am wondering about the location. I posted it as Ipoh because of what was written on the photograph. Perhaps our donor made a mistake on the location? Keep those comments coming… 🙂 Alan Chow June 13, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply No way it was Ipoh, up till now it has never been grace by such a nice building! Looks more like Georgetown or even Singapore ! Cy June 13, 2016 at 7:16 pm - Reply I managed to pick out these wordings from the picture. Perhaps somebody may be able to recognise the place from these clues. On S Pritam Singh & Co., the sign has the word “… outfitters” below it and on the pillar the word “retail”. The sign on the next shop has the words “… Silk Store”. The next shop the sign is “Wah Heng & Co. Ltd”, the Chinese sign is “Wah Heng Photographer”, and on the pillar the words in Chinese “Famous Factory (Brand) Camera” indicating they use good cameras. The next shop after that, the sign in Chinese is “Queen Photo Studio”. On the far end 5-storey building has the sign “… & Company” on the ground floor in front. From my years living in Ipoh I can’t recall seeing such shop names. sk June 14, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply Wah CY, Good CSI at work. Looks like this shot was not from Ipoh, then. Globe Silk Store ? It would be in KL but there was no such 5 Stories building there. Cy June 15, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply sk, interesting puzzle to work on. From those signs my bet is KL, possibly Batu Road judging from the volume of traffic and those shops. The place should have been fully redeveloped by now after well over 60 years, and it’s not possible to see traces of those shops today. sk June 15, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply Yes, Cy, if the car registration can be seen, it will solve our mystery. Number plate in KL then was alphabet ” B ” ” W” was Butterworth Chuah TC June 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm - Reply Bus no. 15 is in the way, but the top of the building at the back in this photo seems like a match: http://foundily.com/assets/foundily-singapore-36.jpg It could be at New Bridge Road, Singapore – website requires a sign-in which I do not have. Chuah TC June 18, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply Some additional info/pictures. 1) The National neon sign is not actually on the 5 storey building: http://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/photographs/record-details/ae018acb-1162-11e3-83d5-0050568939ad 2) The Bata building itself in North Bridge Road 1950 (note the building on the left side of this picture): http://www.straitstimes.com/sites/default/files/resize/st_20150808_janbatacv9c_1583049-329×257.jpg 3) Another view of North Bridge Road: https://blogofsorts.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/01.jpg The name of that 5 storey building? Not sure but it could be the Capitol Building. Here’s a good read on that National neon ad; reading through this blog I seem to recall seeing similar ads in Ipoh on some town-houses when I was around 5 or 6: http://goodmorningyesterday.blogspot.com/2012/11/singapore-1960s-national-neon-tower-by.html sk June 17, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply ChuahTC, yes very good. Yes, it matched perfectly. How did you managed to get this picture? Splendid ! Looks like the traffic flow has been changed to the opposite direction. I cant read the Chinese characters, so Cy, your forte… Picture just short of S Pritam Singh & Co. Chuah TC June 18, 2016 at 5:51 am - Reply I Googled ” Wah Heng”, as mentioned by Cy, and clicked from one search result to another. The word “North Bridge Road” came up somewhere (and not “New Bridge Road” as I’ve mentioned previously). I then looked at image search results and up came that picture. I just got lucky. Cy June 17, 2016 at 1:40 pm - Reply Sorry not much can be glimpsed from the photo in the link given by TC. The earlier photo was mentioned by Mano to be taken just before 1950. The models of the cars seem to indicate that period too. This later photo the cars (Volvo, VW Beetle and Mercedes Benz) seems to be the 60s – early 70s; which is about 15 – 20 years later than the earlier photo. One clue, the sign OG above the lady in the centre looks like the logo of the OG department store of Singapore. A check on it’s website says the company was founded in 1962. The street scene too looks to be Singapore. sk June 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm - Reply Hi Puzzle Solvers – In the picture provided by Chuah TC, there was one Season Tailor captured. well. I found one Season Tailor at 57 North Bridge Road Singapore -6 http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/Article/freepress19600127-184.108.40.206.aspx However, when I googled Map 57, North Bridge Road, Singapore -6, the area is now Apartments & Commercial Complexes. Any Ipohites there in Singapore to clarify the location ? Cy June 17, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply sk, OG is a chain of stores in Singapore, the Singapore Library Board (http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/0eca5422-b76d-4cbf-b807-1534b43d3a61#3) has this record: “In 1964, OG opened a store on Coleman Street and by 1966, it had two other outlets at North Bridge Road and Market Street.” Can that road in the photo be one of the streets mentioned above? sk June 17, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply Yes, CY, good observation. OG could have opened in the streets as mentioned by you & since Season Tailor was also located in North Bridge Road, probability of this picture taken in Singapore was most likely. OG was very popular when I was in Spore in early 70’s for a short period. sk June 17, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply CY, in your earlier write up, you wrote …..Silk Store. Well, Chuah TC picture did showed one Cathay Silk Store. Googled search, this store is at Bras Basah Road, Spore. Well, picture is all pointing to Spore. Any input from the rest of the readers ? Mano June 19, 2016 at 10:22 am - Reply Excellent work, Chuah TC, CY and Sk! It’s definitely Singapore. Initially, I worked on the assumption that it was Penang. The picture seemed to capture the hustle and bustle of the island as a free port but my search revealed no five storey buildings around that time. At least not as modern. The photo in Chua TC’s link is early 60’s based on all three make and models mentioned by CY. sk June 20, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply Yes, Alan Chow was aslo very affirmative it was not in Ipoh Ngai C O June 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm - Reply Hi, Perhaps Duncan, who sent in the photo, holds the clue to the building. It certainly sent the usual regular punters into a frenzied search with no less interest to bag the correct answer. I am sure someone else beyond the Googling bunch like myself knows the location. Nevertheless it is interesting to read all the comments. felicia June 21, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply Hi all. Thank you so very much for all the comments…and also the many descriptions and stories! Wow! From what I’ve read so far, I think we can safely ascertain that this place is NOT Ipoh. As to where this place actually is, we ourselves are stumped. If our donor (Duncan) is reading this, do let us know your thoughts! Chuah TC June 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply It all started with a 1954 Singapore map. But I have double confirmation: the picture above is at Singapore – at the North Bridge Road/Coleman Street junction to be precise. The 5 storey building at the background is the “Meyer Mansions”. This photo is taken from the veranda of the “Adelphi Hotel”. An almost unreal situation: I found this photo, taken by the late Mr Richard Norman Stone in 1948, which is almost identical to the picture above. Lucky for us, Mr Stone is using a much better camera – we can make out what most of the signs says. http://stone-family.info/RNS-photography/dad-nothbridge-adelphi.jpg I emailed Peter, the son of Mr Stone and owner of this website, about this photo and he was kind enough to do some investigative work for me (without me asking in fact). It is Singapore based on another photo that he has of his Dad (I have seen this photo, by the way) taken from the Adelphi Hotel veranda with the words “STAN” (from the sign STANLEY & COMPANY) and part of “Meyer Mansions” in the background. If you were to see the third paragraph in this page, you will see that Richard’s photos in his albums are, as Peter says, “well captioned”: http://stone-family.info/stone-richard-photos.html Thanks Peter for making your Dads photos available online. The pictures may not be creative or artistic but I loved the way your Dad captured how life was back then. Thanks Richard for taking this photos and for helping us in solving this puzzle. More Photos: Richard pointing the camera at the other direction (with Hock Lam Street/North Bridge Road junction in the middle of the picture – compare with the bus-no-15/OG photo): http://stone-family.info/RNS-photography/dad-northbridge-aledphi2.jpg A photo of “Meyer Mansions” in 1968: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/pictures/Details/4b96a6c7-99da-46ae-bc3c-5c127b30020c Adelphi Hotel taken from Stanley & Co, Meyer Mansions: http://stone-family.info/RNS-photography/dad-adelphi.jpg sk June 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm - Reply Chuah TC. You are really thorough in your tenacity of details. . Great Detective Work. The Forensic Dept will certainly needs the person of your caliber. felicia June 28, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply Thank you Chuah TC… and all the others who’ve helped us uncover this mystery 🙂 PETER STONE July 7, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply Your puzzle for the weekend – of street, row of shops – is NOT Ipoh. It is North Bridge Road in Singapore. I have proof if required. I have photo taken from same spot – first floor balcony of Adelphi Hotel, in 1949. Regards, PS, Australia felicia July 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply Hello Peter and welcome to our blog! Yes, it’s definitely not Ipoh… sk July 8, 2016 at 3:52 pm - Reply Yes, Peter, our Great Detectives in Ipohworld has narrowed down to North Bridge Road, Spore !Thanks. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Prove that you are a human!