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  • Chulia Street buildings, circa 1970 : general view

    Streets and Places · Transportation · Arts · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This 1970 photograph shows a street scene at Chulia Street. There are cars parked in front of China Building, the old OCBC headquarters, to the right of the photograph. Built in traditional Chinese architectural style, China Building features a distinctive roof. Signages bearing the names of the bank and its...
  • Samsui women at work, 1986 : general view [2]

    Economy · Geography and Travels · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph depicts three Samsui women working at the MOE (Ministry of Education) building. Two are scrubbing the grooves between tiles. A piece of brown paper covers their characteristic samsui red headgear. They are also wearing the blue samfoo (sometimes spelt samfu), a tunic-and-trouser suit. Title devised by Library staff....
  • Roasted pigs at Sago Street : close-up [3]

    Heritage and Culture · Economy · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows the front entrance of a shop at Sago Street, in the heart of Chinatown. Roasted pigs are hung up and displayed for sale, near the five-foot-way, while a man goes about his business at a corner. The ground floor units of shophouses typically carried on lively retail...
  • Raffles City and Raffles Hotel, 1986 : general view [2]

    Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This is a photograph showing a cityscape view of the Raffles City and Raffles Hotel, as seen across from Beach Road. It shows the low rise Raffles Hotel in the foreground and The Westin Stamford alongside sister hotel, The Westin Plaza in the background. (The Westin Stamford has been renamed...
  • Stained glass window : close-up [5]

    Arts · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows a stained glass window depicting a large ship which is docked at a harbour. An inscription with four Chinese characters "任重致远" can be seen above. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Samsui woman at work, 1986 : profile [6]

    Economy · Geography and Travels · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph depicts a Samsui woman working on the grooves between tiles at the MOE (Ministry of Education) building, with her tools beside her. Although she is wearing a blue headgear (a mark of mourning or distinguishing them as coming from the Sun Yap area in China), samsui women are...
  • Singapore River, 1980s : general view

    Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows Read Bridge spanning across the Singapore River, against the backdrop of skyscrapers in the Central Business District. A reflection of these skyscrapers and the surrounding buildings is formed on the clear waters of the Singapore River. Some of these skyscrapers include the OCBC Centre, OUB Centre and...
  • RSAF Open House, 1986 : general view [1]

    Politics and Government · Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Open House at Paya Lebar Airport. Visitors to the event were treated to a display showcasing different types of military aircraft, armoured vehicles and weapons systems. In the background is the apron control office and waving gallery of the passenger...
  • OCBC Centre along Singapore River, 1978 : aerial view [2]

    Streets and Places · Sports and Recreation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    Shown in this photograph are bumboats (also called twakows or tongkangs) in the Singapore River. Towering over the shophouses at Boat Quay is OCBC Centre. In the background are financial skyscrapers in Shenton Way, set against the skyline. These include Hong Leong Building, DBS Tower (also known as DBS Building),...
  • OCBC Centre along Singapore River, 1970s : aerial view

    Sports and Recreation · Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows bumboats (also called twakows or tongkangs) in the Singapore River. Towering over the shophouses at Boat Quay is OCBC Centre. In the background are financial skyscrapers in Shenton Way, set against the skyline. These include Hong Leong Building, DBS Tower (also known as DBS Building), CPF Building...
  • Street hawkers at roadside, 1980s : general view [2]

    Streets and Places · Heritage and Culture · Economy · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows two women wearing traditional samfoo attire, with their hair tied up in a bun, hawking fruits and vegetables at a roadside market in Singapore. Across the road are other pedlars who eke out a living, selling sundries and other items to shoppers walking along the street. On...
  • OCBC Centre and Boat Quay, 1976 : night view [2]

    Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This is a photograph of the OCBC Centre taken at night. The well-lit bank building, set against the night sky, stands in contrast to the darken area of Boat Quay and the Singapore River. Physical dimensions of original: 13 x 11 cm. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Victoria Memorial Hall, 1960s : aerial view

    Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows an aerial view of the Victoria Memorial Hall, located at the heart of Singapore's civic district. Now known as the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, the landmark has performed a wide range of functions from political meetings to stage performances since it was constructed in 1862. The...
  • Photo exhibition : general view [6]

    Events · Arts · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    On the right side of this photograph is a board which lists the details of a photographic exhibition, in which Kouo Shang-Wei exhibited some of his photographs of Samsui women. Behind it is a television, a group of people are watching it. The exhibition was held in Chinatown. Title devised...
  • Raffles City, 1986 : interior [7]

    Streets and Places · Sports and Recreation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph is of the interior atrium of the then, newly built Raffles City Shopping Centre, with a semicircular opening for the escalators as the focal point. The ceiling lights along the semicircular opening are reflected on the floor's surface. Title devised by Library staff.
  • City Hall area, 1970s : aerial view

    Arts · Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    Presented in this black-and-white photograph is an aerial view of the City Hall area taken in the late 1970s. Landmarks include Saint Andrew's Cathedral, War Memorial Park, the Padang, Fort Canning Park at the top left corner and the land where Raffles City is presently located, in which the ground-breaking...
  • SIA Computer Centre, 1984 : general view [1]

    Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows the Singapore Airlines Computer Centre with some clouds in the sky and a carpark in the foreground. Title devised by Library staff.
  • 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...
  • Dinner guests celebrating the opening of the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) Centre : general view [6]

    Events · Organisations · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows guests at a dinner in celebration of the opening of the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) Centre. Physical dimensions of original: 35 mm. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Singapore city skyline : aerial view

    Streets and Places · Arts · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows an aerial view of the city against Singapore's skyline. Pictured on the left, in the foreground, is the Imperial Hotel. In the background are financial and office buildings. Date of creation estimated. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Raffles City and Padang : general view

    Streets and Places · Sports and Recreation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This is a photograph showing a game of rugby being played at the Padang with the Raffles City area as a backdrop. Set against the city skyline is the spire of St. Andrew's Cathedral on the left and the Raffles City Shopping and Convention Centre, Westin Plaza (now known as...
  • China Building at Chulia Street, circa 1964 : exterior

    Streets and Places · Arts · Economy · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This 1964 photograph shows the façade of the old OCBC headquarters, also known as the China Building at Chulia Street. Built in traditional Chinese architectural style, the building features a distinctive roof. Signages bearing the names of the bank and its building in English and Chinese adorn the pillars and...
  • Marina Bay waterfront and financial district skyline : panoramic view [3]

    Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows the Marina Bay waterfront, set against the skyline of Singapore's central business district. Financial skyscrapers at the central business district form a scenic backdrop against boats in the bay. Some of the office buildings include the Temasek Tower (now known as 8 Shenton Way), DBS Tower, UIC...
  • OCBC Centre : interior [11]

    Economy · Streets and Places · Arts · Organisations · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows the banking hall and mezzanine of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) Centre. The spacious, carpeted hall is decorated with flowers for the bank's inauguration. Below the green banner is a counter. The atmosphere is both grand and pleasant. Physical dimensions of original: 35 mm. Title devised by Library...