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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow


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 supply to Ipoh was originally conveyed from Selibin (also spelt Selebin). The great want there [in Ipoh] at present is a good water supply. This can be met by bringing water in pipes from Selibin, a distance of some three miles, and the Datoh Penglima Kinta has offered to undertake the work“.

Anyone care to guess the exact date of this postcard?

  1. felicia says:

    J J Series was a series of postcards from the early 1900s. I’ve been trying to find out what the name means, but no luck yet.
    Maybe our good friend Ipoh Remembered might have something to add?

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Anyone care to guess the exact date of this postcard?

    The date it was printed? Not sure — but the photograph does look as if it might be from the early 1890s. The town of Ipoh doubled its population in this period and a water-supply project was, indeed, in progress.

    Ten years later, Ipoh had again grown significantly and so a new water-supply project was undertaken. About a thousand acres in the Kledang hills were set aside as a catchment area and a service reservoir was built. This project was completed circa 1910.

    By the late 1920s, two things had happened: Ipoh’s population had increased again; and the old reservoir had sprung a leak. A new water-supply project was begun, this time on the other side of Ipoh: the catchment area was near Tanjong Rambutan, a dam was built near the head of the Kinta River, and a new service reservoir was built in Tambun. This project was completed circa 1930.


    Incidentally, I mentioned elsewhere recently that the original Kinta Swimming Club (on Silibin Road), built in the mid-1930s, drew its water from an old and disused potable-water reservoir nearby — and that is why it did not require a filtration plant.



    havent heard of JJ Series. What is that?

    It’s a series of post-cards printed by Kronheim & Co. in London.

    Kronheim was a famous lithographer. He was German but much of his work was done in Scotland, where he married a local girl and made his home. He died in the mid-1890s.

    I don’t know when the postcard series was named, or if Kronheim named it, but one of his grand-sons did have the initials “J. J.”

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