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  • Storage space of a kampong house, 1974 or 1975 : general view

    Streets and Places
    This is a 1970s photograph of a makeshift storage space for a village house at Jalan Siput (now-expunged), off East Coast Road. Cans and wooden trays are placed on a low three-tiered open shelf. The open shelf, a wooden ladder and other items are sheltered under a zinc roof extended...
  • Buildings in city centre : aerial view [3]

    Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows a sweeping view of the heart of the city with Chinatown area in the foreground and River Valley area in the background. The city skyline is characterised with modern high-rise buildings and traditional shophouses. Among the skyscrapers are office and residential buildings that extend into the horizon....
  • Pulau Semakau fishing village, 1969 : general view [3]

    Streets and Places · Nature and Environment
    Shown in this photograph are houses in the Pulau Semakau fishing village. They are perched on stilts elevated over the water. The island is presently a landfill set up by the Singapore Government in 1999. This village comprised of a small community of subsistence fishermen who made a living off...
  • Open field near HDB estate : panoramic view

    Streets and Places · Nature and Environment · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows an open field near some Housing Development Board (HDB) flats. The plants in the foreground convey the image of Singapore as being a clean and green Garden City. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
  • A street in Kreta Ayer, 1980s : night view [1]

    Arts · Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows lines of Chinese lanterns strung above the bustling streets of Kreta Ayer, with rows of shop houses lining its sides. Financial buildings from the Central Business District can be seen in the background. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
  • Posing at Kampong Mata Ikan in Changi, between 1967-1968 : two people

    Geography and Travels · Arts · Streets and Places · Heritage and Culture
    This is a photograph of Tan Peck Lian with her mother at Kampung Mata Ikan, a Malay village, off Upper Changi Road. Photograph donated by Tan Peck Lian, at the Heritage Roadshow 2008. HRS3_648. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Demolition near OCBC Centre : general view [1]

    Geography and Travels · Arts · Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows workers clearing the ruins of a wrecked building near the OCBC Centre. Many old houses and buildings were torn down to make way for urban redevelopment. Seen at the site is a crane. Physical dimensions of original: 35 mm. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation...
  • East Coast Park, 1970s : general view [1]

    Sports and Recreation · Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows the landscape of East Coast Park. Visible in the background are Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats of the Marine Parade estate. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
  • Lim Chu Kang Village, 1978 : group photograph

    Geography and Travels · Streets and Places · Heritage and Culture
    This is a photograph of a group of children posing outside a kampong house at Lim Chu Kang Village. The photograph depicts the carefree and rustic atmosphere of rural life. Photograph donated by Low Soi Moi and displayed at the Heritage Roadshow 2008. HRS3_439. Title devised by Library staff.
  • House of Tan Yeok Nee wall decoration, 2003 : close-up

    Arts · Streets and Places · M. Ashif Padili
    This is a close up view of the wall decoration at the top of the house of Tan Yeok Nee. Aligned to feng shui principles, it is of Southern Fujian style with curved eaves and roof brackets that is decorated with spectacularly carved mythical beasts. In the centre is an...
  • Pulau Semakau fishing village, 1969 : general view [1]

    Streets and Places
    Shown in this photograph are houses in the Pulau Semakau fishing village. They are perched on stilts elevated over the water. The island is presently a landfill set up by the Singapore Government in 1999. This village comprised of a small community of subsistence fishermen who made a living off...
  • HUDC flats in Marine Parade, 1970s : general view [1]

    Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows HUDC (Housing and Urban Development Company) flats standing tall over a residential park in the foreground. These HUDC flats were built to cater to the housing needs of middle-income professionals who were unable to afford private properties and were not eligible for HDB flats during the 1970s...
  • Buildings being demolished : general view [1]

    Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows some low-rise buildings awaiting demolition. Demolition works have started, with building structures and wirings exposed, torn-down walls and debris around the area. Plants growing near these buildings also appear to be uprooted. The buildings might have been torn down to make way for urban redevelopment. Physical dimensions...
  • Spiral staircases : close-up

    Streets and Places · Arts · Tay, Lionel
    This photograph captures a close-up of the spiral staircases, which extends from each unit of the flat to the ground. The spiral staircases is painted in orange while the wall is painted in white. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Park in Tiong Bahru estate : general view [1]

    Sports and Recreation · Streets and Places · Nature and Environment · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows people relaxing in a park near some Housing Development Board (HDB) flats in Tiong Bahru. The plants in the foreground convey the image of Singapore as being a clean and green Garden City. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
  • Tanjong Rhu housing estate : general view

    Streets and Places · Nature and Environment · M. Ashif Padili
    This is a general view of a Tanjong Rhu housing estate located next to Mountbatten Road. A signboard "Welcome to Di Tanjong Rhu" is shown amidst greenery at the front of the estate. Behind the signboard are the high-rise apartment blocks of the estate. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Restored houses : exterior

    Streets and Places · Wong, Lily
    This is a photograph of restored houses in the Joo Chiat area, with a view of a five-foot way. The distinctive swing door or 'pintu pagar' in Malay is a unique feature in these restored houses. The swing doors provide privacy in the front hall of the house, from the...
  • Bukit Merah, 1980s : general view

    Streets and Places
    This is a photograph of Bukit Merah in the 1980s. This photograph shows the Bukit Merah junction near Delta Road, facing the expressway. It depicts a railway track with some wooden houses and flats at the background of the photograph. Photograph donated by Tang Kian Cheong and displayed at the...
  • Front entrance of a kampong house, 1974 : general view [2]

    Streets and Places · Arts
    This is a photograph of front view of a village house in Jalan Siput off East Coast Road. Such houses are found in most rural areas. The walls are made of wooden planks and the roof are made of zinc. The smiles on the young boys' faces reflect the simplicity...
  • Fisherman's house at Tuas jetty, 1970 : general view

    Streets and Places · Arts · Economy
    This is a photograph of a remote fishing village in Tuas jetty. In the background is a fisherman's house. It was usual to find wooden stilt houses in kampongs built near the sea. In most rural areas, fire-prone houses were made from basic wooden planks, and attap or zinc roofs....
  • Katong, 1960s : aerial view [8]

    Streets and Places
    This picture shows an aerial view of Katong and its residential area. An aeroplane is seen flying across the sky. Photograph donated by Chua Ai Lin and displayed at Heritage Roadshow 2007. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Gates, SIT flat : close-up

    Arts · Streets and Places · Tay, Lionel
    Shown in this photograph are the old sliding grille gates of a SIT flat apartment, with a tiny empty space before the front doors. One could remove and leave one's shoes here, before entering the apartment. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Katong, 1960s : aerial view [7]

    Streets and Places
    This picture shows an aerial view of Katong and its residential area. Photograph donated by Chua Ai Lin and displayed at Heritage Roadshow 2007. Title devised by Library staff.
  • East Coast Park, 1970s : general view [3]

    Sports and Recreation · Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows the landscape of the East Coast Park. Visible in the background are Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats of the Marine Parade estate. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.