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January 2021

Famous Names (14)

By |2021-01-28T19:51:18+08:00January 29th, 2021|Categories: Identify Photographs|

Previously the Senior Assistant of Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur, when he came to Ipoh he brought with him one member of his Kuala Lumpur staff and 5 former pupils from his old school. A keen sportsman who had represented Selangor in both football and hockey and quickly introduced both sports to his new school in Ipoh….

Who might this gentleman be? Well, he’s none other than Lieutenant Colonel John Howard Tyte – the 1st Principal of Anderson School, Ipoh πŸ™‚

A Little R&R

By |2021-01-26T21:50:43+08:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Identify Photographs|

Ever been to a spa? How about a massage parlour? Well, there once was a massage saloon along Jalan Tokong, Ipoh which offered the following services (see below):

If you’ve been there, we’d like to know how good the service was πŸ˜‰ We’re also wondering if this place is still in business…

For a brighter smile?

By |2021-01-25T14:21:29+08:00January 25th, 2021|Categories: Identify Photographs|

While we take extra steps wash and sanitise our hands, have you been paying attention to oral care?

Here’s a 1950s design of a famous toothpaste (or dental cream, as they call it) brand.

And here’s what the same brand looks like today πŸ˜‰


Dressing for the occasion

By |2021-01-22T10:31:54+08:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Identify Photographs|

Since Chinese New Year is just around the corner, let me pose this question: have you bought your new year clothes yet? πŸ˜‰

We have here a cheongsam from the 1950s, courtesy of Mdm Ko.

Compare this classic to the more modern cheongsam today (picture from Google)

Back in 1941….

By |2021-01-20T16:29:01+08:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: Identify Photographs|

….a nearby Shell Oil Depot was bombed by the Japanese. The depot was ablaze for 3 days. On that same day, an ammunition train near the Railway Station sidings was also bombed. The impact damaged this church (pictured above) and the vicarage. The explosion shattered the glass panes at the high altar; and a wheel from the locomotive hit the bell tower.

Of course, this picture was before the bombing. In fact, this picture dates back to 1912. I’m sure you know which church I’m talking about πŸ™‚

A Trishaw Procession

By |2021-01-15T16:27:56+08:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Identify Photographs|

Do you remember a trishaw procession in Ipoh, back in 2000? The procession, in aid of the Xim Phou Moon Welfare Society’s ‘Caring Day’, took place in Ipoh in the first week of January 2000 (we believe Sunday the 2nd). It was formed by the last 10 trishaws that still existed in Ipoh, nine of them representing an Asian country. Here’s one of the photographs from that event:

Do you recognise the street? If you’re one of those who witnessed the procession, we’d love to hear from you.

“Paging for Dr Ngoh”

By |2021-01-11T16:22:29+08:00January 11th, 2021|Categories: Identify Photographs|

Dr Ngoh Lean Tuck made a significant contribution to the reform of Chinese society in Malaya in terms of education and culture. He was a Queen’s Scholar from Penang graduating with the highest honours in medicine from Cambridge University.

Besides medicine, the reform of the education of girls was also important to him. He promoted debate of such issues by speaking to Ipohites in 1904 at the launch of the Perak Literary and Debating Society at the Kinta Chinese Club.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t he? You’d probably know him by the Mandarin rendition of his name – Dr Wu Lien-Teh      πŸ™‚


By |2021-01-08T16:04:14+08:00January 8th, 2021|Categories: Events, Identify Photographs, People|

This photograph, taken on 7th January 1919, shows Dr A C Kathigasu and his 19 year- old bride, Sybil Daly on their wedding day at St John’s Church (now St John’s Cathedral) in Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur. The page-boy is Eric Jeremiah, the 6 year-old son of a family friend Iris Jeremiah.

A little history lesson for you…

By |2021-01-04T16:31:52+08:00January 4th, 2021|Categories: Events, history, Memories|

The Battle of Kampar broke out on the night of 29 December 1941, the day after the Japanese occupied Ipoh. The British battalion, under the inspiring leadership of Lt.Col. Morrison, defended the town very well, inflicting heavy losses on the Japanese. When New Year was ushered in, many soldiers, both Japanese and British, had been killed or wounded.

Read more here.

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