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  • At Kallang Airport, 1966 : two people

    Streets and Places · Transportation
    This photograph shows two men wearing suits posing next to an airplane at Kallang Airport. Singapore's first civil airport, Kallang Airport was completed at a cost of S$8 million and opened on 12 June 1937. Donated by Chee Yoke Leung, and displayed at the Heritage Roadshow 2008. HRS3_064. Title devised...
  • Morris car, 1950s : close-up

    Transportation
    This is a photograph of an old Morris bearing the car license plate number S2500, parked at the side of a road near some shophouses. This photograph was taken near North Bridge Road or Rumah Panjang, meaning "Long House" in Malay. Photograph donated by Chia Boon Chuan and displayed at...
  • Singapore Airlines (SIA) airplane, 1986 : general view [4]

    Organisations · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows a Singapore Airlines (SIA) passenger plane with the SIA livery. The 1980s was a decade when SIA began building up its fleet to becoming an internationally respected brand. The Boeing B747-300 was dubbed the Big Top to reflect the increased seating capacity in the upper deck. This...
  • Bumboats on the Singapore River, 1982 : general view [5]

    Streets and Places · Organisations · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    In this photograph, a bumboat (also called twakow or tongkang) laden with cargo is sailing along the Singapore River. It is believed that the "painted eyes" on the boat enable it to 'see' any danger ahead. On both sides of the Singapore River, we can see similar boats docked too....
  • Singapore River, 1970s : aerial view

    Streets and Places · Transportation · Sports and Recreation
    This is a photograph of bumboats carrying goods which docked alongside the pier in the Singapore River. The river has undergone major changes since 1819. Photograph donated by Tan Gak Chee and displayed at the Heritage Roadshow 2008. HRS3_267. Date of creation estimated. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Elgin Bridge and OCBC Centre : general view

    Streets and Places · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows Elgin Bridge and OCBC Centre. Beyond the bridge, moored along Singapore River, are bumboats, also called twakows or tongkangs. In the background are financial buildings like the UIC Building, DBS Tower and Central Provident Fund (CPF) Building, framed against the skyline. Physical dimensions of original: 13 x...
  • Li Lihua at Clifford Pier, 1956 : two people [2]

    Streets and Places · Personalities · Transportation
    This 1956 photograph is a profile view of actress Li Lihua at Clifford Pier, an embarkation and disembarkation pier located on Collyer Quay. The actress dressed in samfoo, is standing with her hands placed on a young girl's shoulders. Boats at the pier and the arches of the pier are...
  • Container port, 1986 : aerial view

    Streets and Places · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows an aerial view of a container port, with cranes loading and unloading cargo from the container ships anchored to the terminals. Pockets of islands can be seen in the background. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Bumboats on the Singapore River, 1982 : general view [4]

    Organisations · Streets and Places · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    In this photograph, a bumboat (also called twakow or tongkang) is sailing along the Singapore River. On both sides of the Singapore River, we can see similar boats docked too. In the background, the low-rise shophouses of Boat Quay can be seen and some construction activity is still ongoing at...
  • Car parked along gravel path, 1960s : general view

    Transportation
    This is a 1960s photograph showing a front view of a car bearing number plate SR 6762, with round headlights and a metallic bumper. The car is parked along a gravel path, with trees and grass on both sides of the path. Donated by Patricia Lee, and displayed at the...
  • STC bus, 1970s : side view

    Transportation · Economy
    This is a photograph of a Singapore Traction Company (STC) bus carrying some youngsters. They are seen sticking their heads out of the windows and smiling for the camera. STC was the main bus operator, plying routes in the city area. Photograph donated by Tay Phuay Hwee and displayed at...
  • Tanjong Pagar Container Terminal, 1986 : aerial view [2]

    Economy · Streets and Places · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows the Ayer Rajar Expressway (AYE) cutting across the Tanjong Pagar Container Terminal and office buildings near Shenton Way. In the background, nearby southern islands dot the ocean as the horizon meets the sky. Container berths and quay cranes can be seen at the port, run by Port...
  • Elgin Bridge and surroundings : night view [1]

    Streets and Places · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows an aerial view of Elgin Bridge and bumboats (also called twakows or tongkangs) in the Singapore River. Pictured nearby is the well-lit OCBC Centre, as well as other financial buildings like UOB Building and Hong Leong Building. Physical dimensions of original: 10 x 13 cm. Title devised...
  • Trishaw riders : general view

    Transportation · Economy · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows three men engaged in a conversation along a pavement. Two of them appear to be trishawmen. Primarily Chinese immigrants, their dress style of choice include a pair of dark-coloured shorts, a loose-fitting, button shirt and a Chinese straw hat to protect them from the weather. Partially hidden...
  • Bras Basah Road in the 1980s : general view

    Streets and Places · Transportation
    Two old Singapore Bus Service (SBS) double-deck buses plying along Bras Basah Road. Windows had to be opened to allow for ventilation on these non-air-conditioned buses. Image shows new buildings existing alongside the old ones. Donated by Sathakathuda Sahib S/O Peer Mohd, and displayed at the Heritage Roadshow 2008. Title...
  • Boat head with eye, 1982 : close-up [3]

    Transportation · Sports and Recreation · Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph is a composite of two images showing different parts of a bumboat, on the Singapore River. A partial view of old shop houses at Boat Quay can be seen in the background. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Li Lihua at Clifford Pier, 1956 : two people [1]

    Streets and Places · Personalities · Transportation
    This is a 1956 photograph of actress Li Lihua at Clifford Pier, which is an embarkation and disembarkation pier located on Collyer Quay. The actress dressed in samfoo, is next to actor, Yan Jun who is carrying a suitcase. Boats at the pier and the arches of the pier are...
  • Boats docked near Clifford Pier, 1970s : general view

    Streets and Places · Transportation
    Bumboats, synonymous with the growth and development of Singapore, are docked near Clifford Pier. During the pre-air travel era and after, bumboats served passengers who commuted between ships anchored out at sea and the Singapore mainland. Donated by Mary Lim, and displayed at the Heritage Roadshow 2008. Title devised by...
  • Singapore River, 1960s : general view [1]

    Streets and Places · Sports and Recreation · Transportation
    A bumboat is seen plying along the Singapore River in the 1960s. These lighters were vital to the commercial activity on the Singapore River located in the central region for more than a hundred years. The "Clean Rivers Campaign" in 1983, relocated these boats to Pasir Panjang. Photograph donated by...
  • Dockers at Singapore River : general view [2]

    Economy · Organisations · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This black and white photograph shows dockers at work at the Singapore River. In the foreground is the back view of a man with his left hand on the back of a lorry and in the centre is a docker carrying a box on his shoulder walking down a gangplank....
  • Bumboat ride, 1953 : general view

    Transportation · Sports and Recreation
    This photograph shows a group of people being ferried in a bumboat, from Clifford Pier. In the early days, bumboats were extensively used for transportation of goods and also for ferrying people along the Singapore River, Rochore, Kallang Rivers and various off-shore islands. A bumboat is also known as 'Tongkang'...
  • Boat taxis : general view [3]

    Economy · Edwin A. Brown Collection
    This is a pre-1914 photograph from E. A. Brown's collection. It shows sampans in the waters alongside the Beach Road steps near Clyde Terrace Market. Some of the boatmen or labourers are seen in the foreground, unloading goods. Junks, schooners and steamers are also seen in the waters, in the...
  • Singapore Airlines airplane, 1984 : general view [2]

    Organisations · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows a Singapore Airlines (SIA) passenger plane on the runway at Changi Airport. Evoking strong nationalistic pride is the livery "Singapore Celebrates 25 Years of Nation Building". The theme for the National Day celebrations in 1984 was 25 Years of Nation Building, 1959 - 1984. Physical dimensions of...
  • Sampans and houses on stilts along a river : general view

    Sports and Recreation · Streets and Places · Arts · Percy Hill Collection
    Seen in this photograph is a peaceful kampong scene with some sampans moored near houses on stilts along a river. There are two other sampans in the water, one of which has a woman dressed in red standing in it. Title devised by Library staff.