When The Falcons had to end due to their manager quitting, the band members, Joe Chin, Michael Ho, Christopher Choong and Thomas Ham decided to concentrate on their education, leaving [...]
Audiences said what set her apart was her complete immersion into the emotion of her songs. Most of her songs are sentimental love ballads, wistful, nostalgic melodies, and her entire [...]
Continuing our 'Then & Now' series, here we have a comparison of two movie posters. Both were action/adventure films from different years. On the left (courtesy of Edwin Seibel) is [...]
On the left (courtesy of Ruth Iversen Rollitt) is a 1st Class ticket stub from Sun Cinema, from 1958. On the right is a Google image of a Gold Class [...]
"16 mm refers to the width of the film; other common film gauges include 8 and 35mm. It is generally used for non-theatrical (e.g., industrial, educational) film-making, or for low-budget [...]
courtesy of: Mohd Taib, Ipoh This play opened in 1938. Some of you may be too young to recall this...or were not even born yet. Then, there was [...]
Since we're still on the topic of famous names, how many of you remember Harold Jansz? And how many of you have seen him in action?
courtesy of: Hong Soon Keong In the 1960s, a magician by the name of John Calvert drove from the Ipoh Airport to Lido Cinema...blindfolded! No, I'm not kidding; [...]
These brothers need no introduction. The very fact that they are standing in front of a famous landmark already gives it away. Yes, in the background is part of the [...]
Some time ago we featured a calendar girl, and many of you guessed her name. Well, here's another beauty...featured for the month of March. Can you guess her name?
When was the last time you saw these objects in action? This was before those fancy coffee-making machines became popular, of course. However, some local coffee shops still stick by [...]
The above menu was chosen for Mr & Mrs Michael Lim's Golden Anniversary. Judging from the list of dishes, I dare to say no one went home hungry that night [...]
I'm sure some of you already know what the above picture is. Yes, this is a kuih bahulu mould. Anyone wants to share a good kuih bahulu recipe here? :)
This picture needs no introduction. If anyone of you has ever tried cooking in one of these clay pots, do share your experience with us (and maybe some recipes too?).
from: Ipoh Remembered We know that YOU know which road this is. As our donor told us, we'll make it a little harder this time: can you guess [...]
from: Nick Band Yes, here's another aerial view of Ipoh. This time, we have Brewster Road and of course the iconic Odeon Cinema. ps: Did you know that [...]
We have here two views of Belfield Street, with the HSBC building in the background. The one on the left (from Ruth Iversen Rollitt) dates back to 1958; the one [...]
It is said that today - being the 7th day of the Lunar New Year - is 'Yan Yat' or 'Renri'. According to Chinese customs, Renri was the day human [...]
Have you heard of Aylesbury Street? What about Chee Tuck Medical Hall?
courtesy of Ipoh Remembered Some of you may be able to guess WHERE this place is. So don't keep those guesses to yourselves. On another note, what [...]
....that Alfred Bird invented this product (pictured above) because his wife was allergic to eggs? Since this product has been around for quite a while, has anyone tried this? What does [...]
from Nick Band How sharp are your eyes? Can you identify some of the familiar/popular buildings in this aerial view photograph? Some of you experts out there may [...]
15 Clarke Street is looking for someone to set up: 1. Food & Beverage counter and 2. Marketplace for Social Goods. We charge very low space rental or even zero [...]
from Ipoh Remembered Could it be Gopeng Road? Tapah? Batu Gajah? Or...nowhere near Ipoh? You tell us :)
Does this place look familiar? We have no idea where it could be, and we're hoping someone could tell us. Notice the Esso sign (extreme right). It was probably part [...]
Thanks to Ipoh Remembered, we have the above photo to keep you entertained this weekend. Some of you may have already guessed WHERE this place is. Can you also guess [...]
click to enlarge Don't know what to do the coming long weekend? Well, why don't you head on out to Ipoh Old Town. Lots of exciting [...]
In June 1957, there was the Perak Derby. Here are some photos (from Nick Band) which were taken at the Perak Turf Club. Anyone remember the Perak Derby?
As stated in the bottom left, this is a postcard of a Chinese Temple. Does it look familiar? Can you guess which temple it is?
"..Besides their intended use, they could be used for cleaning equipment, polishing shoes, cleaning hands and face, signalling for attention, as a sweat band, neckerchief, as protection from dust inhalation, [...]
We've heard from the fans of model aeroplanes and model cars. Now we'd like to hear from those who played with model ships. Did you have your own fan club?
We were told that this photo was taken at Jubilee Park. Could it be so? You tell us :) In the meanwhile...does anyone know WHO this pretty lady is?
Special thanks to SK and Ooi Kean Chye for these photos. On the left is NTPS Pasir Puteh back in 1962, on the right is the same school today (2019). [...]
picture courtesy of SK Students from NTPS Jalan Pasir Puteh are probably grinning at the screen now. As for the former students...has the school changed much over the [...]
2018's come and gone within a few blinks of the eye. We may have experienced the good, the bad, and perhaps the ugly in the last 12 months but here [...]
It's the day after Christmas or as its better known in the west, Boxing Day. After going through our presents this year, we found this interesting set which didn't come [...]
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year ahead! May this Christmas bring a good end to the year 2018 and a fresh challenge ahead for the [...]
Ever had one of these in your home? This one shown above is of course for children; the adult-sized ones are larger. I do wonder if such an object [...]
If they ever came to life (like in those Disney cartoons), perhaps these vehicles would have been good friends ;) Here we have a bicycle, a car and a van; [...]
You've seen multilingual signboards; what about multilingual greeting flyers? Here's one from Kailey Associates Pte. Ltd. Can you identity the various languages? :)
Believe it or not, Mercantile Bank existed in Taiping too :) Does anyone know if this bank is still in business? Or...maybe it goes by another name now? courtesy [...]
From: Ruth Iversen Rollitt Many of you managed to 'solve' our Monday puzzle. Let's see how many of your can guess THIS one. Ruth, if you are reading [...]
from: Ruth Iversen Rollitt Familiar area? Yes? No? Well, I don't blame you if you can't recognise this place. It is SO VERY DIFFERENT now. For those [...]
courtesy of: SK Let's hear from the Boy Scouts. What were your favourite memories back then? (Or, maybe you have an interesting campfire-tale or two to share?)
courtesy of Ann Kesselring Hamon Remember this school? It started out as a primary branch of ACS. The building is still there today, in Canning Garden. You may [...]
We've had lots of similar advertisements over the years. But what I would like to draw your attention to is the fine line below the picture of the camera - [...]
from: Ruth Iversen Rollitt It's not Universal Studios...rather Universal Cars Ltd. Yes, I'm sure some of you remember this building. Last I heard, it functioned as a nightclub [...]
Take a good look at the building in the picture below. Looks familiar? They used to be at No. 84 Hugh Low Street. Anyone know what they traded? ;) courtesy [...]
courtesy of Charlie Choong Thanks to our donor, we have an interesting photograph here. These boys (and their Teacher perhaps?) are in the middle of a cross-country run. [...]
Said to have originally belonged to a Village Chief (Penghulu), this particular spear has a simple forged blade about 10 inches long with a wooden shaft. Overall it is around [...]
Some of you may already recognise this person. For those who don't, here are some fun facts about him: he was an architect and developer he once worked for the [...]
picture courtesy of: Royal Perak Motor Club Do you remember the year these Alfa Romeo cars came to Malaysia? Perhaps the car-lovers might be able to tell us [...]
After all those photos of the city, we thought of showing you something from a village instead. If you've ever lived / visited such a village before, do share some [...]
...in Taiping. These were taken by Percival Moss, a tailor who sewed uniforms for the Malay States Guides and other military organisations. We thank his grandson Bernard for sharing them [...]
No, we're not being 'bitter' about it...but did anyone realise that this beautiful floral clock is no more? For those who've never had the chance to see it, here are [...]
courtesy of: Ann Kesselring Hamon Remember this memorial? Any idea where in Ipoh Town it stood? Or...maybe you might know WHO built it?
Ever wondered what was at the back of the Ipoh Railway Station? Well, here's a late 1930s view (picture courtesy of Winson Saw):
Wishing all our readers and followers a very Happy Deepavali!!! From all of us at P.s. Don't forget to save us some murukku & achi murukku yea...hehe
Merafak Sembah Setinggi-tinggi Tahniah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah Sultan, Yang Di-Pertuan dan Raja [...]
courtesy of: Ang Eng Remember the Times of Malaya? Well, here's a photo of their second building; probably around the 1930s (we could be wrong though). Last we [...]
Anglo Chinese Girls School? Well, if you didn't know what the ACGS building looked like here's an old photo. courtesy of: Ang Eng Looks like the Methodist Girls [...]
picture from: Ann Kesselring Hamon Yes, the building in the background is none other than the Veterinary Research Institute at Tiger Lane. Our donor estimates that this photo [...]
courtesy of Ann Kesselring Hamon Yes, folks...believe it or not, this is what the YMCA building looked like back in 1954. Pity the beautiful garden is no longer there [...]
Left image: Simee New Village, 1951 (from the Kinta Valley Book) Right image: Simee today (picture from the Star, 12th October 2018) How many of you out there [...]
courtesy of Ann Kesselring Hamon No, this was said to be the temporary building for the Anglo Chinese Girls' School, back in the 1950s. For those of you who [...]
We've all heard (and seen videos) of shopping-adventures (and misadventures too). For those of you who've been to Emporium Perak, do share some stories with us ;)
courtesy of: Ann Kesselring Hamon, USA Perhaps this was once a familiar sight in Ipoh town - dulang washers walking through the town, either going towards or coming [...]
We know you lot are good at puzzles :) So here's one for you - from Keith Nelson, UK We believe this building is somewhere in Ipoh, since [...]
Many of you may have seen the Kuomintang Parade photos on our database. Here's another one, from Ann Kesselring Hamon's collection. What's so special about this, you ask? Well, it's [...]
Hypothetical scenario: Imagine you've just inherited a LOT of money...and you've decided to build a beautiful mansion. Well, let us 'help' you with some interior decoration ideas :D We have [...]
We've had this photo in our archive for some time now. But we don't know much about it. The estimated year is around 1935, and we think this is part [...]
courtesy of: Charlie Choong (click to enlarge) We believe these musicians were part of the Perak Hui Zhou association. While we try to find out more about this, [...]
Where were YOU back in 1979? Did you witness the Castrol ASEAN Rally? Do you remember seeing this car (picture above) in action? Although the photo is not too clear, [...]
Some of you may recognise it. Some of you are still scratching your heads. Worry not, this is in fact the ruins of a brick bungalow built by none other [...]
Today's puzzle is brought to you by Ipoh Remembered. click to enlarge Can you guess what the green, blue and orange sections are in the photograph? And while [...]
from: Ipoh Remembered Yes, you read it right. This is the old Town Hall...in Taiping :) We think this photograph was taken in the early 1900s (we could [...]
courtesy of Ipoh Remembered In the back row, right, is a gentleman by the name of Charles Green. History-buffs may tell you that 'Greentown' was named after him. [...]
Wishing all our fellow readers and followers a very Happy Malaysia Day! From all of us at
Come on, dancers...don't be shy! Tell us ALL about your 'fancy moves' ;)
Here's a sample of sports medals from the 1970s. Have you seen similar ones? Have you won such medals before?
1948 to 1960 proved to be troubling times as Malaya had to experience attacks within its borders in the form of Communist insurgents. The brave men in the photograph above did [...]
Taken at the Birch clock tower in the late 60s, the two boys added a third member into their group by posing with the bust of J. W. W. Birch...
The donor of the photograph above attended continuation classes at ACS in 1946 and graduated in 1948. The principal, Mr. Wong Wai Lam is seated (4th from left). How many [...]
61 years ago, the Union Jack was lowered signalling the end of the British administration in what was then Malaya, 61 years ago, a new flag was raised and a [...]
The photographs above was taken on the opening of the Fatimah hospital which was officiated by the Late Sultan of Perak, DYMM Sultan Idris Shah on the 6th of December [...]
courtesy of: Charlie Choong What's so rare about this one? If you look closely, you can see the words "Chan Sam Lock Photo Service" on the blinds (below [...]
from Gurpal Singh Bhuller (click to enlarge) We received this via email from SK (who sent it to us on behalf of the donor). According to SK, Gurpal [...]
Yes, "Visit Malaya" posters existed back in 1961! Here's one which some of you may have seen... (you can read more about this poster here).
Yes, we have a few new additions to our ipohWorld collection. Here's one of them: folks, say hello to Penny!
Chettiar (or Chetty) is a title used by various mercantile castes and social levels in South India - especially in the state of Tamil Nadu. They claim a legendary relationship [...]
"Fancy travelling down the memory lanes in Ipoh? Commander Ian Anderson would bring you through the tourist trails of Old Ipoh, to allow you to relive the good old glorious [...]
We thank Lennie Brooks for these pictures. Her father once served in the 15/19 Hussars as their Company Sergeant Major Instructor. Back in 1955, they lived at No. 20, Chung [...]
courtesy of Charlie Choong Ms Monroe once sang about diamonds being a girl's best friend. From this photo, it seems like this lady loves the car (instead of [...]
According to the writing on the back, this postcard dates back to 1930. Quite a view, eh?
Some of you may remember Fung Lum Restaurant - at 118 Brewster Road, Ipoh (they also had a branch KL). But what about Maple Leaf Coffee Court? Have you [...]
Some of you remember your 'O' and 'A' Levels (and how HARD you worked to get good grades!) Then there are others who did the Government Examination for Chinese Schools [...]
courtesy of: Charlie Choong Here's a photo taken in Kampar. Recognise the car? By the way, the lady leaning against the car is our donor's mother.
Here's a picture of the FMSR Locomotiv Class G. The locomotive was built by R. Stephenson. It was placed in Perak Railway with the name FMSR 47 in July 1901. [...]
No, we're not 'collecting' on behalf of LAP (Lembaga Air Perak). Instead, we're featuring a Then & Now comparison of two water bills; on the left is a bill from [...]
Yes, folks. This is Ipoh back in the early 1990s. Compared to the skyline of today, not many tall buildings were around back then.
When was the last time you saw / or even used this?
This is an aerial view of Market Street. No, not Market Street in Ipoh...rather this is Market Street in Teluk Intan :) This is a view from the famous water tower.
Ever wondered what happened to the building that housed the first Post & Telegraph office back in 1883? Yes, I'm talking about that building in Jalan Stesen, Taiping. Well, it [...]
Did it always come in 32 lb cylinders? How much did they cost? Was it delivered to your house, or did you have to get it from a supplier?
As a follow up to our previous blog post, we'd like to share something Ipoh Remembered sent us. This is a Cadbury advertisement printed in 1919!
Yes, this is indeed a Cadbury tin. Have you seen it before? If you have, do you remember how much these chocolates cost back then?
This coach was said to have ferried passengers between Taiping and Padang Rengas before the completion of the railway. And yes, this is a Kaulfuss postcard :)
Could this have been a branch of Cold Storage? Or, perhaps Cold Storage's competitor? We don't know, so we're hoping someone out there could help us out. Our anonymous donor [...]
I was. What about YOU?
According to the article, many of the wooden houses in Greentown would have to make way for development. About 16 houses would be demolished and the area would then house [...]
Following your enthusiastic comments on an old blog post, we decided to put up something else from the Triumph Owners Club (Perak) Magazine. These are from the Driving Tests at [...]
Heard of Hotel Bali? It was located at Jalan Ali Pitchay. This picture was taken from their business card. On the back of the card is the following description: "Stylishly furnished [...]
This photograph was courtesy of Lian Kim Keong, whose father (2nd from left) was a practicing chinese physician Held at the town hall, this photograph was taken on the 50th [...]
...you saw a Malayan Money Order stub? Bring back memories? We'd like to hear about it :)
Here's another one from the Yeoh Family album. I know...it's a funeral procession (no, we're not feeling morbid today). What caught my eye was the signboard on the extreme right [...]
from the Yeoh Family album At least that's what I think it says on the signboard. Does anyone know which restaurant this is? Wonder if it's still [...]
Picture from Winson Saw, Penang The picture is not that clear, but I'm sure you can more or less see what our featured celebrity looks like. Born in [...]
Wishing all our muslim followers and readers Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, maaf zahir & batin. Be safe on the roads to all travelling back to your kampung this weekend! Don't [...]
picture courtesy of: Haji Musa & family Yes, those in the leading car in this parade were the Perak State Table Tennis Team. Incidentally, the team won the [...]
Yes, you read it right - Anglo-Chinese Girls' School. Maybe you're more familiar with its current name - Methodist Girls' School (MGS). Anyway, here is a nostalgic photograph taken during [...]
Anyone remember this comic/magazine? Was Roy named after a famous football star? If you were one of those who followed this series, did he make it to Mexico? [ Yes, [...]
Synopsis GE14 marked an end to half a century of a “one-party state” paradigm, which started with a Malay Tsunami (not a Chinese Tsunami!) in 1969. Tun Razak’s “one-party state” [...]
This was once a common sight in the tin mines. When was the last time you saw THIS object (below)?
Yes, there was such a place called Perak Club. It was founded in Taiping, in 1880. Thanks to Bernard Moss, we have some pictures of it on our database. Here's one [...]
I'm no car expert...but I'm pretty sure this car is a Mercedes (I could be wrong though). Anyone care to guess which part of town this is? from the [...]
I'm sure you've seen this before. The question is, have you seen one with the words "E II R"?
Yes, another corny pun :) Remember this brand of detergent? What about the free gift that came with it? I'm sure there are some of you out there (yours truly included) [...]
No, we didn't make this word up ;) 'Sinalco' is said to be an abbreviation of the Latin sine alcohole, which means "without alcohol". Sinalco is the oldest soft drink brand in Europe [...]
Yes, this IS Peoples' Park...with part of Hugh Low Bridge on the right.
No, we're not trying to scare you ;) Although not strictly a Psychological Warfare tool, like the air-dropped leaflets, this brochure certainly formed an early part of the psychological fight [...]
Synopsis In the best of philosophical tradition, the speaker is not an academic philosopher, and he is not in academia. He is, however, a philosopher in the sense that he [...]
Yes, pun intended ;) How many of you remember THIS product?
This picture was taken from a postcard, which was sent in 1936. Of course, this may not be the exact year the picture was taken. What drew my attention to [...]
Here's another Kaulfuss postcard for you. Do you recognise the building in the background? Wonder if it's still there in Gopeng...
After a history-making election, here's a throwback to the first general election that took place in 1955. The photograph above is that of a Bomoh in Pasir Salak, who with his [...]
Keep calm and vote wisely!
No, we're not predicting the coming election results ;) This is an article from 1963, from the Straits Times, which reported that PPP (People's Progressive Party) retained Ipoh.
Manufactured by Shibata Industrial Co. Ltd and distributed by Taiwo Trading (Penang) likely before Independence, this manual paddy treadle thresher definitely requires a bit of effort or footwork to say [...]
A book written by Lee Weng Onn and published in 2006 is the story of Nephew and the FMS Bar & Restaurant. To all those who used to frequent the [...]
A custom printed envelope from P. S. Jamnadass & Co. who were at 15 & 17, Market Street. Do you know of any other tailors whose businesses were at Market Street back [...]
Not quite. This picture was taken at an actual event, which was held at the Lido Theatre in Ipoh! Does anyone remember this event? If you are this 12 year old [...]
As you can guess, the tall gentleman in the middle is none other than D R Seenivasagam. Do you recognise the others in this picture?
We can't offer you flowers from this famous florist...just a receipt ;) On another note...did you notice the 6 cents stamp?
Yes, there was once a cinema hall named Princess Theatre. No, not in Ipoh...but in Kampar. Remember what it looked like? Here's a picture (courtesy of Charlie Choong) to jog [...]
In this 1959 photograph, our donor (Charlie Choong) can be seen posing on the steps of the Birch Clock Tower. Note the bust in the background ;)
Back in the day, if you didn't know what to eat on a Saturday night you could just head to the Station Hotel. Their dinner menu on 15th October 1955 [...]
Anyone remember this parade? Special thanks to Charlie Choong for these photographs.
It's not a very good picture, as it was taken from a scan of the Voyager Magazine (thank you SK!)....but the gentleman here is none other than Rev Dr Ho [...]
We mentioned before about a Lido Cinema in Taiping. Here's another view of the same building (which, according to Ruth Iversen Rollitt, is now a Karaoke Hall :O ). [...]
On the left is a picture of Ngah Ibrahim's fort, which was built in 1865 (picture courtesy of Ipoh Remembered). On the right is a picture of the same [...]
Toolbox? Not quite...it's actually a set of instruments used by draughtsmen. Yes, before computers took over, building plans and such were drawn by hand! This Rotring set is boxed in a [...]
According to the business card (above), this photo studio operated from No.7 Chamberlain Road, Ipoh. Does anyone remember this studio?
The form above is that of a Hire and Purchase Agreement issued by the Eu Tong Sen Finance (Malaya) Ltd. for the purchase of an Austin 7 Super Saloon in [...]
Yes, you read it right. For those ( like me ;) ) who have never heard of such a thing, well check out the picture below.
from: Mrs Alagan This is indeed a driver's license. It was said to be from 1987. Did you own such a license? I wonder when this was replaced [...]
A long time ago, a featured two sketches from a local artist (who's also an alumni of ACS). Some of you may recognise his work (see picture below). Yes, this [...]
This photograph was taken high up from a nearby building. Yes, it's the Yau Tet Shin Market. You can also see some of the shophouses in Cockman Street.
Calling all scouts out there! Do you remember this training booklet?
We once featured an old railway ticket. Today, we're showcasing a platform ticket. :) Yes, it cost 20 cents!
Yes, that's what it says on this advertisement! Have you come across similar advertisements in the past?
How much did YOU pay for electricity back in 1977? Well, according to this bill (below) Madam Koo paid $ 4.67 (June-July 1977). Imagine paying only this much today... ;) [...]
courtesy of: Veronica Wong While sorting through our collection of photographs, artifacts, documents and such, sometimes we come across 'mysterious' things - such as this metal badge. Have [...]
I can't help but wonder if the label was meant to say 'lychee' instead of 'lichee'. But then again, I could be wrong...maybe 'lichee' was the type of leaf / [...]
courtesy of Nicholas Jennings We believe that this was the Ipoh Federal Building on Club Road (now Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang). Would anyone happen to know more about [...]
This picture is a follow up to a previous blog entry. We thank Ipoh Remembered for his untiring efforts (and creativity!) in producing this picture - complete with labels of [...]
When was the last time you saw THIS coin?
courtesy of: The Sinniah Family Our donors told us that this was taken in the 1950s, outside the Perak Education Department offices. Seated 4th from the left is Sinniah [...]
Remember the time when palm trees lined up Club Road? Neither do I ;) Jokes aside, I'm sure those trees stood there for quite a while, before bowing to 'development'. [...]
courtesy of: Ngai Those flats look familiar, don't they? Also note the river...back in the late 1980s, the water was still clear ;)
Yes, we've featured calendars with pretty women before. No, we're not selling this particular calendar. What we'd like to know is: have any of you seen this calendar, which was [...]
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I remember picture cards, posters, and even the more modern audio/visual teaching aids. But I've not seen one like this (pictured below). This teaching aid was said to be used [...]
Recognise this drawing? Were you any good at it? Did you have 'flying' competitions with your friends? Ok, own up...how many of you played with paper planes? We'd also like [...]
At 18 years old, this gentleman started working in a tin mine under the guidance of his uncle. Years later, using his accumulated savings, he managed to buy the Chung [...]
I'm sure many of you can guess what this is :) Yes, these are cake pans used to make the famous Nian Gao - which is made from glutinous rice. While it [...]
Here's another photo from Michael Ho's collection. This one was taken on 14th July 1966, during a dinner held in honour of Rev Bro Assistant Superior General. We think this was [...]
Left picture: Tinted photograph from 1950 Right picture: Same bridge and street from 1989 (courtesy of Ngai) Yes, we've featured this famous bridge and street numerous times. But [...]
Enjoy this nostalgic photo from 1957. Happy Thaipusam from all of us at:
Today's blog picture is from Sybil de Roquigny (via email). She tells us that this is the embankment (with a flight of steps) in front of her grandmother's house; if [...]
Before you ask, yes...we've checked on Google maps, and this shop doesn't seem to exist now. Perhaps it has been replaced by another business....or maybe it now goes by another [...]
No, not another Royal...not the King of Rock & Roll either. We're talking about the King of Fruits! Yes...the DURIAN! courtesy of Ngai This photograph was taken in [...]
Have you ever had a musical box? This one pictured here is a Music Box Teaching Clock, which plays the tune "Grandfather's Clock" while teaching the young ones how to [...]
...from tomorrow, anyway. Yes...tomorrow - 20th January - will mark 144 years since the Treaty of Pangkor was signed. picture from: Twentieth Century Impressions of British Malaya Unfortunately [...]
special thanks to Anonymous Do you know these VIPs? Ok, we'll make it easier for you ;) Seated on the extreme right is none other than S [...]
Let's see if the Michaelians remember this one (see pictures below): Recognise the costumes? The actors? The title of the play? I only recognise Bro Pius Kelly, standing in the [...]
Is your teacher in this group? If yes, do point him/her out to us? The only one I recognise here is Bro Ultan Paul.
Yes, this IS Clayton Road - named after Mr R J B Clayton who retired as British Adviser in Kelantan, in November 1930. He was also the brother of Tubby [...]
Yes, that's what I'd like to ask our local coffee drinkers out there. How come this particular bag of coffee came in 11 kilos? I always thought such goods were packed [...]
This was not a posed photograph. In fact, this was a common scene during the Second World War - when expatriates stopped at the Ipoh Railway Station, on their way [...]
Yes, this was taken at a funeral...no, we're not in a morbid mood this Wednesday ;) We'd just like to draw your attention to the building in the background (behind [...]
Wishing all our readers and followers a Happy 2018!!!
For those who are still wondering, her name is Lin Dai. Here she is featured on a Shaw Brothers Calendar - for the month of January, 1963. What we'd like [...]
Our donor Alan Steel shared the following story with us: "Xmas day, we entertained the children from the local Dr. Barnados home. Staff Battersby turned this jeep into a train [...]
Wishing all our readers and followers a very Happy and Merry Christmas from all of us at
We're all familiar with Christmas cards (paper and e-cards too!). Have you received a handwritten Christmas greeting in Chinese, complete with hand-painted bamboo motives and a poem? This is indeed [...]
Our featured celebrity was educated at ACS, Ipoh. He studied medicine in Singapore and subsequently spent his entire working life in Ipoh. In recognition for his contributions to the medical [...]
courtesy of: Michael Ho click to enlarge This photo was taken on 8th December 1954. It was taken during the Marian Year Pageant. Were you part of this [...]
courtesy of: Charlie Choong, Ipoh This was not taken in Ipoh, but we thought of sharing this rare find with all of you. These photos were part [...]
A rechargeable battery, storage battery, secondary cell, or accumulator is a type of electrical battery which can be charged, discharged into a load, and recharged many times, as opposed to a disposable or primary battery, which [...]
That's what I used to call this 'gadget'. Have you used something like this for presentations? This was BEFORE everyone mastered MS PowerPoint ;)
click image to enlarge We thank SK for sharing these stickers with us. Familiar, aren't they? These stickers apparently came with MAD Magazine. Did you collect them? Were they part [...]
Oops, I guess the decor in the malls must have gotten me in the Christmas mood early this year. This here is a photograph taken in 1956 of the soldiers [...]
Photo courtesy of the late Bro. Vincent Corkery After the Japanese surrendered in 1945 many Victory Parades were held, in Malaya as well as other parts of the world, to [...]
Looks like the grand opening of a store in Ipoh. The back of these photographs say it's the Premier Store, Ipoh (dated 11 Jan 1968). Any idea where in Ipoh [...]
Back in the day, a cup of coffee at your local kopitiam didn't cost that much. Neither did bottle of beer.
picture courtesy of: Vivien Lian We're talking about the lady on the left (in the glittery outfit). Recognise her? She's none other than Sakura Teng - the Go-go [...]
Anyone want to make a guess as to what this is?
Heard of a place called Pekan Getah? It is said to be about 2km from Tapah town. I'm sure some of you out there have a story or two to [...]
At one time, putting your long hair up in a bun was a popular style. Coloured pins, hair nets, fancy clips and alike were a rave. But have you ladies [...]
After the Second World War and the Japanese occupation, parts of Malaya were devastated and the need for a similar organisation spawned the introduction of the British Red Cross into [...]
Here's something for our local football fans. This article is from Mingguan Malaysia, dated 9 April 1972. Perak and Selangor were set to meet at the Merdeka Stadium. Did anyone [...]
Do you remember the old Tenby School building? The school once used the vicarage of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church. For those who are curious, you can visit the school's current [...]
I think this street sign speaks for itself, don't you think? :)
The photo on the left was taken back in the 1940s, showing St Joseph School in Batu Gajah. The one on the right was taken from the Star Metro (dated [...]
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We'd like to thank Vivien Lian for this photograph. She found it at an abandoned building along Tambun Road (a stone's throw away from Sekolah Raja Perempuan Taayah). Do you [...]
This is the Meikai EL, a camera introduced in 1963 by Togodo, a minor japanese camera manufacturer. This simple and cheap camera was targeted at a young audience and was [...]
No, they are not part of the cast from the Whoopi Goldberg movie :) The only thing we know about these nuns is that one of them is Rev. Mother [...]
Yes, one look at this machine and all that comes to my mind is: a bowl of shaved ice, drenched in brown sugar syrup and topped with jelly (of various [...]
The year was 20 June 1962, when King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit arrived in Kuala Lumpur. This was part of their state long visit. On 24 June, the Royal couple [...]
That's what the caption of the photograph said. This is a rather interesting view of the Kinta River, with the houses on both sides of the bank. If you [...]
Here we have the living room of Charles Alma Baker's residence (once upon a time) in Batu Gajah. This large space included a 12-seater dining table, several sofas and easy [...]
This is a photograph of a pure natural bristle toothbrush, made in England by Saxony. How many of you have seen such an artifact, eh?
Heard of the Grand Hotel? It opened on 16th December 1909 and was Ipoh’s first European style hotel. But who was the Founder of this hotel? None other than Mr [...]
We thank Thomas Lee for sharing this photograph with us. These happy children seem every excited about their lanterns. Did YOU own such a lantern when you were their age?
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 [...]
Heard of this brand? Yes? No? These matches are locally made. Don't believe me, check out the next picture. Yes, this brand is made in Teluk Intan.
We've all heard the usual salesmen rhetoric about 'magical' products. But have you heard of Miraculous Insecticide Chalk? If you've used it before, we'd like to know if it works. [...]
Not to be confused with the German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner, this souvenir is from Wagner Piano - a local company set up by A C Hoe and his wife. [...]
As the story goes...... "in 1889 two brothers, Édouard Michelin and André Michelin, ran a rubber factory in Clermont-Ferrand, France. One day, a cyclist whose pneumatic tire needed repair turned up at the [...]
When was the last time YOU saw such a suitcase? I do wonder how much one could put in one of these...
...the Ipoh Trade School? It was founded in 1930, to what we know. The initial intake was 25 young men of which 23 were Malays with 1 Chinese and 1 [...]
Thanks to SK, we have the following photograph - which was taken at the BWF World Senior Badminton Championships 2017. From left to right: Foo Lai Loon (MS 70+ ); [...]
Have you heard of the Iskandar Shah School?
No, we're not joking. This delicacy can be found right here in Ipoh - at Restoran Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung, Jalan Ali Pitchay. Have any of you tried this? Do [...]
Photograph courtesy of Irene John Have you ever heard of the Jubilee Transport Company or rode on their buses before? The company was running a bus service from Lumut to [...]
This photo is from Michael Ho's collection. Here we have a Form One class from St Michael's Institution, back in 1980. Michaelians, do you recognise yourselves?
This camera had 4 (yes, 4) lenses, and a built-in flash too. Yes, I'm talking about the Polaroid MiniPortrait 403. Did you have your portrait taken with one of these [...]
We're not encouraging you to take up smoking; we're just curious to know if any of you remember Lucky Strike Filters ;) Could you buy these tins off the rack [...]
Come visit us at Sarang Paloh. Our exhibition will be from today 5th Sept till 10th Sept 2017, 5pm - 9pm. This exhibition is part of the festivities of The [...]
Wishing all our Muslim followers a 'Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha'!
Here's a picture (from Mohd Taib) of Hugh Low Street, back in August 1957, all decorated for the occasion. wishes all of you Happy Merdeka! Can you believe it's been [...]
Have you seen the Federation Flag? Do you remember what it looked like? We have one in our collection (see below) Notice the difference between this flag and our present [...]
...you saw something like this? Some of you may already know what this is. Well, let me just say that our famed Star Barber once used this tool...
courtesy of: Mrs Alagan Have you heard of the Perak Institute of Electronics (PIE)? We're hoping someone out there can help us out with this little mystery...
We thank Sybil for this class photograph, showing the students and teachers from the HIJ Convent (now SM Convent), Ipoh. Sybil managed to provide some names (click here); however, we [...]
Basket? Tray? Bowl? No...this is actually a shield! Yes, I kid you not.....see a picture of this item in use here!
Here's another NST picture, showing the 'hello girls' (as they were called). These girls worked at the Ipoh Telephone Exchange once upon a time. Dewi (wearing a checkered dress), and [...]
This NST picture shows people collecting their rice rations from one of the 19 distribution points in Sungai Siput. The gentleman in the foreground is See Khoon Lim, the then chairman [...]
Does anyone recall there being a photo studio along Market Street, Ipoh?
This lady needs no introduction....I think EVERYONE knows who she is ;) Rose Chan was born Chan Wai Chang in Soochow, China, in 1925 to acrobat parents. She arrived in [...]
Do you have a favourite birthday memory? We'd like to hear about it...just for nostalgia's sake. Here's a nice photo of Honey Lim, celebrating her 2nd birthday.
How many of you remember The Drifters? How many of you saw them perform at the Rex Cinema? How many of you remember the dragons on the walls, which 'watched [...]
Today's famous person was also known as the 'Protector of Chinese'. One of his main duties was to monitor the Chinese Secret Societies. The Protector also held the responsibility for the registration [...]
When I visit the local kopitiam, I can't help but stop and stare at such hawkers (like in the above photo). It's fascinating to watch them cut up the meat [...]
Yes, you read it right! Don't these ladies look lovely? Special thanks to Ong Wei Mei for the above photograph, which was taken in 1966.
Here's a fun fact: This building was opened by the British Resident of Perak, Mr R W Thomson, in 1928. This building was also the 3rd Ipoh Court House (read [...]
Back in the day, many of us were 'recycling' old tins and boxes. Like this W&R Jacob & Co biscuit tin - which was turned into a sewing kit. What [...]
Does anyone remember these lovely ladies and their hula hoops? Well, I'm sure some of you do. These ladies performed at the Lido Theatre; at one time, it was common [...]
Not a fashion-buff, but perhaps Kian Fatt was one of those modern-day clothing stores back then. Does anyone remember this place?
Have you heard of 'Bullock Park'. No, I'm not making it up...this is what it says on the back of this photograph.
Before the invention of stainless steel, knives were very hard to keep clean and shiny. If they got too wet, they would get rusty and water could leak down into [...]
I wonder how many of you remember this advertisement. We got this off the back back of an old exercise book. What other products were advertised on the back of [...]
Does this building look familiar? We'd like to know more about this kindergarten - especially when it began.
...a rotary dial phone? I remember having one at home....and I also remember how my small fingers kept getting stuck in those number holes :) Well, here's some nostalgia for [...]
Measuring at 55 centimetres tall, this kerosene lamp was manufactured by Drawing Petrol Lamps. How many of you have seen or had this at home?
Today, if you want to know the schedule at your local cinema all you need is the Internet ;) Yes, everything is available online now - you can even buy [...]
This particular enamel sign was likely hung in the premises of a 'Rubber Dealer', anyone remember any rubber dealers that were in town?
PS: Those of you heading back to your home town, drive safely...
courtesy of Mohamad Sharizan Here's a question for our Teluk Anson readers: Do you remember when these trucks were first used? For those of you who didn't know, [...]
click to enlarge We thank Ruth Rollitt for this 1957 photograph. The lady in the trishaw is Mrs Iversen - yes, the same Iversen who built a number of [...]
Special thanks to Oon Eng Hock (and SK) for sharing the above photograph with us. Anderson Alumni might remember this special day...when the then Education Minister - En Mohd Khir [...]
Who needs an aircond when you have your own personal fan?! But since Ipoh has been 'Crazy Hot' for the past couple of months, I take that back. Hehe... These are [...]
courtesy of Mohamad Sharizan Here's something cute for you, hope it chases away your Monday blues!
We thank Graham Barton for sharing this picture with us. He was once part of the 12th Infantry Regiment Workshop REME, at Gunung Panjang, Ipoh. Is that a 'Beetle' in [...]
picture by: Alan Steel The Dingo Scout Car was a light armoured car built in Australia during Second World War. They were produced by the Ford motor company during 1942. (read more here) Have any of you [...]
Here's another photograph from Mohamad Sharizan's collection. Do you recognise the building in the background? Where do you think it is...and, is it still there?
Familiar? Yes, we did have a Capitol Cinema in Ipoh once. But not anymore. However, the cinema shown in this picture does not look like the one in Ipoh. But [...]
Today's celebrity was born in 1880 in Fuzhou (Fujian Province, China). Considered to be one of the elite Chinese in Ipoh, he became the Secretary and Attorney of Towkay Foo [...]
Picture courtesy of Michael Ho This was taken outside the Chartered Bank in January of 1985 back when Jalan Dato' Maharaja Lela was still known as Station Road / Jalan [...]
Kindly click on picture to enlarge. Some of you may recognize this bridge, most of you pass it driving up North. With the caption Sg. Perak Bridge, July 1984, we [...]
When was the last time you saw THIS thing? Those who do remember are probably eager to share a comment or two...
...a British Army Field Phone, dating back to WW II? Well, feast your eyes on these pictures below!
According to the caption of this photo, the man being rammed by a tree trunk (right) is Khoo Way Poon. Perhaps this was a martial-arts demonstration. Do you remember the [...]
courtesy of Mohamad Sharizan Car-lovers, can you guess what type of car this is?
Any Alumni from the Malayan Teachers' College - Brinsford Lodge out there? If you're reading this, do you recognise these gentlemen? We thank Mohamad Sharizan for the above photograph.
picture courtesy of: Mohamad Sharizan bin Mohd. Supian No, this isn't a scene from the movie Grease.....neither is this a very young version of John Travolta ;) We just thought of [...]
Our featured Celebrity was born in Wuhua, Guandong, China. He began as an apprentice in the Menglembu Tin Mines. His hard work eventually paid off when he could afford [...]
I've visited a few of the cave temples in Ipoh...but I must say I'm stumped with this postcard. Do you recognise which temple it is?
In 1893, an actual Merryweather was ordered from London and delivered to Ipoh. Horse-drawn and manned by Sikhs (under Police supervision), it was capable of pumping up to 600 gallons of [...]
This steamboat is 'powered' by charcoal. Yes, I kid you not! This brass object is divided into the base, pot and lid. The soup is placed in the pot, which [...]
Ever wondered about the origins of your favourite laundry detergent / soap? Such soaps once came in bars, before the modern powdered and liquid form. Which is why I'd like [...]
No, not the dessert craved by chocolate-lovers....rather the type of camera - the Brownie No.2! This one here is a special edition model, made in conjunction with the Silver Jubilee [...]
Calling all you nimble-feet folk! How many of you remember the Celestial Dance Bar?
How many of you remember this game? What about the rules? Care to give us a 'demonstration'?
Ais krim potong anybody? The weather in Ipoh has just been crazy for the past few weeks, scorching hot in the afternoon, heavy thunderstorms in the evening. We remember [...]
No, not our website....but this beautiful icon of Ipoh is said to be turning 100 years old this year! This special heritage building was even mentioned in the Star [...]
No, this is not a treasure chest that you'd find in a cave. This is an ice box that the ice man would load on his bicycle where he'd then go round [...]
We have here a postcard from V. Radnell, showing an Indian trader at the wet-market, former Super Kinta. Anyone remember him..or this stall?
These two postcards show a Then and Now view of the famous Hugh Low Bridge, which connects New Town and Old Town in Ipoh. We know such pictures often lead [...]
Here we have the entrance to the Tronoh Mines, all decorated for the National Day celebrations. Have any of you visited this mine?
Ever seen something like this? It's a collage made from Japanese Occupation stamps! We thank Ruth Iversen Rollitt for sharing this with us. Incidentally, this souvenir was made by one [...]
We thank Ann Kesselring Hamon for this photo - taken at an alumni gathering of ACS boys. The gentleman in the centre is none other than Ralph Kesselring! According to Ann, [...]
The next time you're on Jalan Tun Perak (formerly Conolly Road) and you're heading to Buntong via Jalan Sungai Pari, keep an eye out for this long-ish building after the [...]
Photograph courtesy of Richard Saxey This was taken in the 1960s when the new turbines and controls were installed at the Malim Nawar Power Station. Do you recognize these men?
I'm sure you've heard of Robin Hotel. Do you know the history behind this place? Looking forward to reading your comments :)
Believe it or not, this model dates back to the late 1800s. No, we're NOT pulling your leg ;) Apart from the dust and rust, it's still functioning....even the little [...]
We thank Ruth Iversen Rollitt for the photograph (below). She told us that her late husband Donald Baxter was rather fond of the game of golf. We believe that the [...]
How many of you have heard of Cow & Gate? Apparently it was started by two brothers from Surrey, UK.
....with a tin mine in Tambun! According to our picture-source (Heritage Asia, Feb-Apr 2008), the above mine was opened by Leong Fee in 1902. Leong Fee of course was also [...]
picture source: Heritage Asia magazine, January-March 2007 The first headquarters of the British in Kinta was Kota Bharu, the lowest landing stage on the Kinta River, and also the river [...]
"Have you ever seen a pot the size of a fist!?". Wait a minute. I didn't get that quite right, let's try that again, "Have you ever seen a fist [...]
Dear all, we are saddened by the passing of Lee Siew San better known as Mrs. Hew, one of Dato' Lat's iconic characters in his Kampung Boy series. A wake [...]
This picture was taken off Heritage Asia magazine, back in 2004. The description reads as: Perak, as in many parts of Malaysia, has a large number of pre-war and colonial [...]
"Hassan Abd. Muthalib, Toko Seni and Bapa Animasi, was with SW last August,and he agreed to come back and conduct a workshop on movies in Ipoh. This is also [...]
These bulbs could be used for torchlights, radio panels and bicycle lamps too. I do wonder; were they long-lasting bulbs?
Anyone remembers Kwong Sang Tailors or had been a patron of the business in the past? We'd like to hear from you if you do or were a patron. =) [...]
We haven't had a guessing-game in a while. Does anyone recognise this object? If you do, then perhaps you could also tell us what it was used for...
We featured Van Houten some time ago, and many of you shared your thoughts on it. Today we'd like to know if any of you are familiar with Droste Cocoa [...]
I'm sure many of you are familiar with this gadget...
Photograph courtesy of Tom Eadie This was taken in 1955 as the 'A' Troop rolled out of the Old Convent (Taiping) and was headed for the Cameron Highlands via Tapah. [...]
Ian Horgan is trying to reconnect with a long lost mate, whom he shared a room with back in 1979/1980 in England. Here's what he wrote: I am writing to [...]
It's obvious that the writer of the above article had a good time in Perak recently. We're glad he and his friends enjoyed themselves. We're also glad that they visited [...]
Could this have been one of your well-loved toys as a child? Or, maybe you prefered model aeroplanes? I recall 'falling in love' with LEGO, as a child. Before that, [...]
....when the Royal Ipoh Club celebrated its 100 year anniversary? It wasn't that long ago - 1995 to be exact. I'm sure some of you members out there remember something....
Looks like a wooden bird, but it's not quite a wooden bird. This is said to be a tool used in paddy planting. Does anyone here know HOW it's used? [...]
click to enlarge We thank Steven Kan for the above photograph - showing Form 5 Science 3, of Anderson School, back in the mid 1970s. And just in case some [...]
We thank Ian for sharing these photos with us. Ian Sheldrick used to study at BACS Ipoh from October 1962 - October 1964. The photos he shared with us were [...]
No, I didn't make that up! Apparently (as stated in good 'ol Wikipedia), the 'HP' in this popular brand actually stands for Houses of Parliament! Just a show of hands [...]
"Commonly made of bamboo, plastic, wood or stainless steel, Chopsticks were first used by the Chinese. This later spread to various parts of the world through cultural influence or through [...]
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This photograph - from Sybil de ROQUIGNY-IRAGNE - was taken at Kam Loong Restaurant, back in the 1960s. They were celebrating a relative's 60th birthday! Yes, the Year of the [...]
Have you heard of this company before - Sharikat Sim Lim (M)? It used to be along Brewster Road (as seen in the picture above). For those who are still [...]
...a collector of those Nestle labels? The one we have below had a simple recipe printed on the back. My aunt and I used to collect some of these back [...]
An old Dunlop sign with the man himself John Boyd Dunlop at the bottom of the sign. We think its from the 50's, have you all seen this sign with [...]
We thank Pat Price (from Sydney) for this picture. Price was formerly an engineer with Anglo-Oriental. This dredge was said to be in Kampong Gajah, Perak. Perhaps you're wondering why [...]
...that the YMCA Ipoh building used to be along Cockman Street? Check out the pictures below :) Apparently, this premise later became the home for Lido Cinema. Does anyone [...]
Here's a multilingual sign to keep you guys busy...
Some say chicken, some say fish, some say other things. From the design, we think this rattan basket was used to transport fish. What say you?
photo from: Lay Jin Chew Here's another river scene, from one side of the Hugh Low Bridge. Can you see the wooden bench near the lamp post? I doubt there's [...]
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I'm sure everyone recognises the gentleman seated in the middle. :) Yes, he's none other than Rev Bro Vincent Corkery - of St Michael's Institution. The photograph was part of [...]
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The picture above was taken from a postcard, on the back are the words "Enclosure surrounding Town Hall". Our guess is that this was taken in the early 1900's, before [...]
Located in Kroh (known as Pengkalan Hulu today), a town in the northern district of Perak bordering Thailand is Cheun Fong, a coffee shop where this cup and saucer originated [...]
Photo courtesy of Duncan Paterson, taken at a fancy dress party in the Ipoh Club (1940) Wishing all our followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in [...]
I'm sure many of you are still engrossed with the picture in our previous post but here's something to give your detective minds a break. The iconic 555 notebook, we know [...]
Here's something to start-up your week. The building in this particular picture is said to be a hotel in Ipoh, Federated Malay States (FMS). Anyone recognizes the building or knows [...]
Looking at this picture (from Lay Jin Chew), I couldn't help but wonder how much Ipoh's landscape has changed over the years. Could that bridge (far left) be part of [...]
Here's another postcard picture from the early 1900s. Does anyone recognise the bridge? I also see rickshaws in a distance, but no other clues as to WHERE this place is. Could [...]
That's what it says on the back of this postcard. So, 'detectives'...can you guess which road, or where this place is? I'll admit I'm stumped :(
...when many a shop used doors like these (picture above). Remember them? Reminds me of those saloons in Western movies. ;)
I've never heard of such a thing, but apparently it did exist once. I'm talking about paraffin gauze. Any First-Aid experts out there? Perhaps you could share more details about [...]
Yes, Ipoh streets today are not as quiet as they used to be...as you can see in the picture below (from Lay Jin Chew). Care you make a guess as [...]
Have you seen such a uniquely shaped spoon? I wonder if that little piece jutting out is meant to rest on the rim of the tea cup...
Ever wondered how people back then managed to fill up tin bags without spilling the contents? Believe it or not, this simple looking funnel played a key role in keeping the [...]
Rather BIG for an egg beater, don't you think? Or, maybe just to fold egg-whites into the batter..in really large bowls! But I haven't seen pastry/cake shops use these. What [...]
How many of you remember this guide book? Was it a must-have among students back in the late 1950s / early 1960s?
No, we're not exposing any celebrity or political scandal ;) Instead, we have here original press photographs from The Telegraph Newspapers Co. Ltd. These photos date back to 1950, during [...]
From what we know, these stamps were once famous in Britain (not sure about now though). Did they have something similar here in Malaya back in the 60s and 70s?
How many of you remember Osram light bulbs? Are they still in production? This advertisement came with fuse wires (for 5 Amp and 15 Amp).
We've heard from the car lovers, the food lovers, the history buffs too. Now, we'd like to hear from the music lovers...have you ever played the mandolin? The one shown [...]
The photo doesn't really show this once famous bakery, but you can see the sign on the wall (extreme right). I vaguely remember this bakery, which was a family-run business. [...]
Of late, Ipoh old town has been getting increasingly popular — it’s great, but everyone also goes to the same spaces for the same experiences.We know there is plenty to [...]
We thought we'd tease you all today...with this little artifact. Do you know what this is? Apparently, it's a 'modesty cap' for little boys? Don't believe us, look at [...]
We took this off the 1977 edition of the AMCIAN - the Ave Maria Convent school magazine. This is an aerial view of the school building and the surroundings. We've [...]
On the occasion of HRH's birthday, DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah from all of us at:
From what we know, there was a parade in Ipoh town back in 1947 - in support of the Kuomintang. We believe the above picture (from Lay Jin Chew) was [...]
This sundry shop was once at 40 Jalan Lee Kwee Foh, in Canning Garden. But that was back in the 1960s - 1970s. This shop was later taken over by [...]
May the joy, cheer, mirth and merriment of this divine festival surround you forever. May the happiness, which this Deepavali season brings lasts forever. From all of us at: [...]
Texas Instruments made a line of laptops called "Travel Mate". The 4000E meets the system requirements for DOS, Windows 3.x and 95, but not Windows 98. According to the manual, [...]
Imagine this: you're travelling along a random road in Ipoh, and you encounter a car, a bullock-cart and bicycle moving one behind the other in the opposite lane! It might [...]
They say chocolate is comfort-food. Well, as a chocoholic myself I agree with that statement. It's either a few pieces broken off a big bar, or even good 'ol chocolate [...]
Media Masters will be organising a book sale next week. Check out the poster below. Do mark these dates on your calendar!
Anyone remember this wine merchant from Clare Street? Is this shop still in business?
The photograph above is part of a set of Leong Fu's, 'The Chinese Kung-Fu Karato (Atado)' which was generously donated to us by Dato' Lim Si Boon. The entire set consists of a [...]
Shocking but true. While we're busy building new structures, our heritage sites are paying the price. Some are either ignored or just left to 'fend' for themselves. One such place [...]
This was taken during the 4th AGM of Shaw Organisation's Employees Welfare Association (Ipoh branch). Do you recognise anyone in the photograph? Were you once part of the Shaw 'cinema [...]
Recognise this place? Familiar, right? Perhaps the next two pictures will give you more clues. In case you're wondering why we put these up, this is just to [...]
Some of you may recognise the street. It may or may not be Ipoh...but that's not important. What we would like to know is, do any of you remember the [...]
Stuffy noses 'fear' this very potent rub....I wonder if their original formula has changed over the years. I recall a recent purchase of a small bottle of Vicks which [...]
Feeling tired? Need a pick-me-up? Take Yeast-Vite! From what we found out, these tablets contained not only caffeine but also Vitamin B1 and B2. Looks like they had Vit.B supplements [...]
The photographs in this blog post are from the collection of photographs that were generously donated to us by Tom Eadie, who served throughout 1955 to 1956 in Malaya. The "A [...]
Have you used these to write? Perhaps not...maybe your parents or grandparents did? Anyhow, these were what I would call the 'early pencils'. And of course, you used them on slate [...]
These look familiar, don't they? You can always find them during the Nine Emperor Gods festival. What I'd like to know is, what do those Chinese characters printed on the [...]
No, I'm not joking! This liniment was once used on horses with stiff shoulders...before humans discovered that it worked on their shoulders too :)
Yes! Tripadvisor travellers worldwide have voted Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo into the Top 1% of Attractions Worldwide. Ipoh's Number 1 attraction since April 2015 continues to go from strength [...]
We don't go around blowing our own trumpet...but this is something we're really proud of, and it's worth shouting out from every roof top in Ipoh town! picture from: Ipoh [...]
No, we're not selling these! But do any of you remember the time when such souvenirs were popular? I once saw a souvenir plate / saucer (somewhere in my grandfather's [...]
I've heard of Maggi and Knorr chicken flavoured stock cubes, but I've not heard of Oxo cubes. Have you? What did they taste like? We would like to share [...]
Some call it a tea / wine warmer. What do you think it it? And this is what the detachable inside looks like.
...well, not really ;) But do YOU remember what your examination paper looked like when you were in school? Here's one from 1928, the English Grammar paper from Cambridge for [...]
Did you own a Brownie Reflex? Do you remember the very first camera you owned? If you're one of those who took up photography as a hobby, we'd love to [...]
Everyone had a favourite hairstyle that they stuck to when they were younger....what look did YOU prefer? On that note, do any of you remember Hoong Ying Hair-Waving Saloon?
...a wooden tiffin carrier? Something rare, isn't it? I wonder what one could put inside...candy perhaps?
The music fans have had quite an interesting discussion on our blog lately. So, we decided to put up this picture - just to see if it jogs any memories [...]
How many of you can guess what this is? What was it used for...and perhaps, which year this was from?
Selamat Hari Merdeka ke-59!
Here's a nice one of happy faces, taken at the Main Convent (HIJ Convent) back in the late 1940s. We thank Marea Smith for sharing this lovely photograph with us. [...]
Courtesy of: Darren Teh We thank Darren Teh for the above picture. He also shared the following with us via email: I was staying in Greentown then and used to [...]
...even before those smaller Nokias too, THIS was what a hand phone looked like! Yes, it was heavier than a bar of chocolate. No, it didn't have a tiny camera [...]
The majestic view of the railway station has often left many of us in awe over the years and even more so today after the landscaping of the garden. Around the [...]
picture courtesy of: Ruth Iversen Rollitt How many of you remember Rowley Kindergarten? Was it a big school? Do you have pictures from those days? We'd love to hear more...
I don't know if any of you remember this, but back in 1955 we had a visit from a famous Olympian - Jesse Owen! picture courtesy of: Dato Pu [...]
Convent Girls, do you recall what your classroom looked like? Well, this was a typical classroom at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (or Main Convent) back in the [...]
Picture courtesy of Tom Eadie Here's something to start your Monday engines, this is a picture of a sort of busy street taken in 1955. Take a wild guess where [...]
No, it's not another racket (or racquet, if you prefer). What do you think it is? STOP PRESS: We thank Ignatius Chiew for sending us these pictures - [...]
No, we're not kidding....these are actual wooden badminton rackets! Did any of you own one of them?
...about the Darkie evolution? How many of you were (and maybe still are?) faithful consumers of this Hawley & Hazel product?
picture from: Rosemary Palmer Remember the Home Guards? Here we have troop-in-training. The gentleman in white shorts is our donor's father - M L Bernacchi. I'm sure some of you [...]
picture from: Gogan Singh According to our donor, he and his friends were part of the few non-Chinese devotees who took part in the 9 Emperor Gods festival back in [...]
Here's something for the 'Milo babies' :)
picture from: Gogan Singh; click to enlarge We know old school photographs are rather popular on our blog. So here's another one. Were you one of these handsome young men? [...]
Mark this date - 20th August 2016 - in your calendars. Be at the Old Andersonian's Club from 2-5pm to meet the Godfather of the Malaysian film industry!
Remember these? How many of you recall those days at the barbers, while the Indian uncle patiently snipped at your hair?
picture courtesy of: Harchand Can anyone guess where this was taken? Maybe the shops look familiar...was this somewhere in Ipoh? Or could is be in another town in Perak?
Does anyone remember Hung Wang Restaurant? The address says it was along Leong Sin Nam Street...but for the life of me, I can't seem to place where exactly it was! [...]
We received this photograph from Harchand (one of our Readers) some time ago. However, we do not know the names of these gentlemen. Do you recognise them? We were told [...]
....that Ovaltine was actually Ovomaltine? And that the name changed because it was spelt wrongly when the trademark was registered? Here's a extract from Wikipedia: Ovaltine was developed in [...]
From past blog posts, we've had Readers sharing their memories about some of the many smaller departmental stores in Ipoh. With the coming of hypermarkets and malls, these small businesses [...]
HIJ Convent girls, this one's for YOU! Do you remember this badge? Did you have trouble remembering the lyrics of the school song? Do you recall the motto? Come on, [...]
picture courtesy of: Star Online Lemang Kelamai is said to have originated from Pagar Ruyung, Indonesia. What gives it this lovely shade of brown? Gula Melaka, of course! The other extra [...]
Here's wishing all our followers a joyous and peaceful Raya; Maaf Zahir & Batin! from us at:
picture courtesy of: Duncan Paterson Look carefully...THIS is how you feed a baby elephant! :) We thought we'd share this cute picture with all of you this Monday, just to [...]
Sometimes, families make day trips / weekend trips during school holidays and such. I wonder if this how these children found themselves posing next to the canon (picture below). Do [...]
We featured the above picture in a previous blog. Do you know what this looks like today? The pictures below are courtesy of Charlie Choong. Here's more proof...that with a [...]
We know you like puzzles and mysteries. So, this picture should intrigue you further. Can you guess the name of the street shown in the picture?
This is said to be the original building of the Batu Gajah Police Station. Our donor, Daljit Singh Guram, told us that his late grandfather is in this very [...]
This photo was taken in the late 1950s / early 1960s. Yes, it's none other than the Straits Trading Building, in Ipoh!
photo courtesy of: Duncan Paterson How many of you enjoyed a good game of tug-o-war? I loved the 'rush' of pulling the other team over the line...thus winning. The downside [...]
A few blogs ago, we featured some members of the St John's Ambulance brigade marching in front of some shop houses. Well, this time...the members seem to be assembling a [...]
This was sent to us via email from Ann & Mano. According to them, the owner of this driver's license was an RAAF personnel, and would have worked on aircrafts [...]
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 [...]
The festival of the Fifth month which is also known as the Dragon Boat Festival or commonly known as the Dumpling Festival which is held on the 5th day [...]
These young men belong to the St John's Ambulance brigade. Do you recognise them? Or, can you identify the shop houses in the background?
click to enlarge Do you recognise this panorama? Can you guess which part of Ipoh this is? While you're trying to name the buildings and streets, can you also give [...]
Have you ever come across this brand? I've never heard of the brand, but the bull dog (in the logo) is similar to the one used by Guinness ;)
Anyone remembers this handy stationary? Despite being more than 60 years old and less glossy than its modern day counterpart, this machine marked The "Hazel" still packs a "Punch" or [...]
picture courtesy of: Ruth Iversen Rollitt Remember these shop houses? Yes, this was Fair Park back in 1938. These shops were Iversen's designs nonetheless. Sadly, they're no more :(
Anyone remember this store? According to the label, Hup Hing Shoe Store was along Laxamana Road. I wonder what happened to the place....
Yes, for those of you who didn't know.....flour actually came in linen bags in those days! Do you remember those linen flour bags? Did you keep those bags once they [...]
I'm sure everyone recognises this lady from Lat's comics! She's none other than Mrs Hew. Ever wondered what she looked like back in the day? Check out the picture below, [...]
Since it's Teacher's Day today, we decided to feature a very prominent figure in our education's history - Aminuddin Baki. Born in Chemor, he began his early schooling at Chemor [...]
What could one do with: an ice cream stick, a satay stick, a rubber seed and some string? Well, make a toy propeller of course! How many of you remember [...]
Kultar’s Mime is a devised play that blends painting, poetry, theater, and music to tell the stories of Sikh children who survived the 1984 Delhi massacre organized in the wake [...]
On the morning of 30th April 2016, Treacher Street was all abuzz with activity. That day marked the grand opening of the Ho Yan Hor Museum - a museum which [...]
How many of you remember this comic book? It wasn't that long ago.....this edition also featured a picture of a WW2 aircraft - the Hawker Typhoon. So, can we hear [...]
Remember these fruit-flavoured sweets? I've never heard of this brand though...more familiar with Foxes and Sugus ;) If you were a fan of these sweets, do share some of your [...]
picture courtesy of Gary Lai (via SK) We received this photo and description from SK: This picture was send to me by Gary Lai from Anderson School, Ipoh. I have [...]
....there was the ever useful Mortar & Pestle! Yes, I'm sure you all remember pounding away those herbs and spices in these :)
On a car-free morning in Ipoh, I just happen to pass through Hugh Low Street and noticed this building. It's at the corner of Hugh Low Street and Jalan Che [...]
Did you know about this unique style of embroidery? I'm sure it's no easy task - sewing such intricate patterns on velvet cloth! Let's hear from the arts and crafts [...]
Tania Gotzes (nee Fairnington) whose family once lived at Godwin Close and Canning Gardens back in the 60s is trying to locate the amah who took care of her when [...]
click to enlarge We mentioned the Bougainvillea Parade a long time ago on our blog. Here are MORE photos from that same parade, back in 2004. I don't recall ever [...]
A familiar sight once upon a time, a forgotten memory over time. The building in the picture above, consists of 4 residential units linked together. It is located on [...]
Our photographer recently visited Kedai Makanan Rasa Lain, in Bercham, where he sampled the above dish. The dish is none other than Claypot Glass Noodles with Crab. Have any of [...]
I remember the first time I tried Cadbury's chocolate. At that time, it seemed like the most delicious snack for a 5 year old. I also remember eating more than [...]
Yes, this is what a Malayan Airways airline ticket looked like back then! :)
The last time I went to the mall, I noticed that such purses / clutches / handbags with beads and sequins are back in fashion. And they don't come cheap [...]
Has anyone tried this brand of butter? I wonder if this brand costs as much as Golden Churn. Or, perhaps this was a cheaper alternative to Golden Churn?
Have you heard about the 'King of Trishaws'? We're talking about Boon Eng Keat, who was born in Sumatra in 1928 and came to Malaya in 1933 with his family. [...]
Remember this brand of oats? I never knew Uncles Tobys sold oats...I only remember their muesli bars :) Did anyone try this brand? Was it as good as Quaker oats?
Do you recognise these panels? They can be found on the four sides of the Birch Clock tower. Still wondering what I'm talking about? Well, the next time you pass [...]
I doubt this brand needs an introduction. How many of you remember these jujubes? Were they really effective for sore throats and such?
Some go for sweets, some go for salty snacks. Yet there are others who crave something like this (picture above) - Dry Curry Noodles! Our photographer had this (at [...]
Picture taken from Tin Phil Sinnappan's Facebook Post Dato' Brother Vincent Corkery passed away peacefully today at 12:18pm. Wake services tonight, 22nd of March and tomorrow night, 23rd March is [...]
Yes folks...this building is now home to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). This photograph was taken in the 80s. I wonder if much of the outer facade has changed over the [...]
This here is a fragrance manufactured by Firmenich, a Swiss fragrance and flavor manufacturer founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1895. We were wondering if any of you could help us [...]
Dear antique lovers....do you recognise the two 'handsome blokes' on either of the curtain? I wonder what make/brand they are...they sure look grand, don't they?
Sometime ago, we featured this building - the former Oriental Hotel, which was turned into an electrical store. One of our readers, Charlie Choong, sent us the following photographs recently. [...]
Brooklax Chocolate Laxative, something that you would probably be looking for in an emergency. Have you ever encountered other brands of laxatives back in the day?
Ever tried Pan Mee? The one our photographer tried contained the usual egg noodles, sayur manis (those green leaves), fried anchovies, wood-ear mushroom, and meat. Our photographer told us that [...]
I've been living in Greentown all my life...but I have to admit, this building (picture below) does not ring any bells ;) Can our Greentown-experts help us out please?
Remember this brand of perfume? It's alcohol free. Does the brand ring a bell?
We'll just let you all have a fun time guessing what this is....and do leave us some interesting stories too! :)
Any SMI Alumni remember this? Why were the buses parked in the compound? Were the students on their way to a field trip? Take a good look and give us [...]
I'm sure you have driven past this building in New Town Ipoh. This is the side view of a former hotel - which is now an electrical store. This building [...]
Above is a type of Vehicle lubricant manufactured by Shell but we are not too sure which category it falls under. From the design of the logo, we believe that [...]
Here's a blast from the past! This photograph (taken in the 80s), given to us by Lim Lean Seng, shows the Brewster Road Fire Station. We believe this fire station [...]
Dear Ipoh-ites.....was there a hill named after Sir Hugh Low somewhere in Perak? We were wondering based on the picture below. picture from: Charlie Choong On that note, do you recognise [...]
It was a solemn and heart-wrenching occasion, as the people of Ipoh (and even from others towns in Perak) came to pay their last respects to D R Seenivasagam. Some [...]
Could this be part of a floor tile? Or perhaps painted on a wall? Or...could it be part of a signboard? We have no idea, that's why we're posing this [...]
A simple altar with offerings to the Jade Emperor Hokkien New Year is celebrated every year on the Ninth Day of Chinese New Year. Some may wonder, why the ninth day, [...]
Here's another one from Richard Saxey's collection. Yes, this is Malim Nawar! I know some of you can name all the gentlemen in this photograph. But I'd like to draw [...]
We were told that this was the Form 3 Class of 1967 at Methodist English School (later known as Methodist High School or MHS). Our source also mentioned the teacher's [...]
Not much longer now til the sound of fire crackers fill the skies marking a New Year in the Chinese Calender. Reunion dinners are where most families are at on [...]
Wishing all of you a prosperous Year of the Monkey. Gong Xi Fa Cai!
picture courtesy of: Kalwant Singh Remember the milkman from days of old? Well, this milkman looks rather young...and here he is at his bicycle (the milk churn is hidden, on the [...]
Once a famous grooming product for men, Potter & Moore's Solidified Brilliantine is said to soften hair (including facial hair). Anyone remember this product?
Recognise the wallpaper? What about the reception desk? Well, keep looking for clues....and tell us WHERE you think this place is :)
It's beginning to look like Chinese New Year, everywhere you go. You hear songs of prosperity, at every mall that you go, its the cheerful kind that sets your hearts [...]
Picture courtesy of Janet Ferguson & Nellie Cumming Field trips are usually educational and fun. Visiting an open cast tin mine? Couldn't have been more educational and fun could it? A picture [...]