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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...
  • 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 Singapore River : panoramic view [1]

    Transportation · Streets and Places · Arts · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph offers a panoramic view of the bumboats (also called twakows or tongkangs) in the Singapore River. Seen against the Singapore skyline is the towering OCBC Centre. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Clifford Pier, 1960s : aerial view [3]

    Transportation · 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 Clifford Pier, with bumboats and ships anchored around the Marina Bay area. At night, the carpark outside the entrance of the Pier served as a hawker centre and was popular with musicians and night birds who stayed up late. The carpark was eventually...
  • 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...
  • Bumboats at Singapore River : general view [1]

    Transportation · Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows some bumboats at Singapore River. In the foreground is a bumboat with "painted eyes" that enables it to 'see' any danger ahead. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Chulia Street : general view

    Streets and Places · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows a busy street scene at Chulia Street. Buzzing with business and activity, vehicles such as buses, cars and motorcycles ply the roads. People and pedestrians make their way across the road and along the two and three-storey shophouses on both sides. Title devised by Library staff. Date...
  • China Building at Chulia Street, circa 1964 : general view [4]

    Streets and Places · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This 1964 photograph shows a street scene at Chulia Street. It also shows the façade of the old OCBC headquarters, also known as the China Building. Built in traditional Chinese architectural style, the China Building features a distinctive roof. Several smaller buildings can be partially seen on either side of...
  • 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...
  • Aircraft engineer at work : rear view

    Organisations · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows an aircraft engineer who is repairing part of an aeroplane in a hangar. The back of his shirt reads "VAC-HYD". His tools can be seen on the left corner. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated
  • China Building at Chulia Street, circa 1964 : general view [2]

    Transportation · Streets and Places · Arts · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This 1964 photograph shows a street scene at Chulia Street. It also shows the façade of the old OCBC headquarters, also known as the China Building. Built in traditional Chinese architectural style, the China Building features a distinctive roof. A row of two-storey shophouses can be seen to the right...
  • Clifford Pier, 1960s : aerial 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 Clifford Pier, with bumboats and ships anchored around the Marina Bay area. At night, the carpark outside the entrance of the Pier served as a hawker centre and was popular with musicians and night birds who stayed up late. The carpark was eventually...
  • Boat head with eye, 1982 : general view

    Transportation · Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows the head of a bumboat on the Singapore River, with eyes painted on its sides in a combination of red, white and green colourings. These "painted eyes" presumably enable the bumboats to observe dangers ahead. A row of old shophouses along Boat Quay can be seen in...
  • SATS Airfreight Terminal, 1984 : general view

    Streets and Places · Transportation · Arts · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows the SATS Airfreight Terminal which handles cargo services, with the SIA logo on the building. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Clifford Pier, seen from the top of General Post Office : aerial view

    Streets and Places · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This is a black and white, aerial view photograph of Clifford Pier, taken from the top of General Post Office. Many boats can be seen moored at the pier, as well as ships further away in the surrounding water. Date of creation estimated. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Samsui women on a pickup truck, 1986 : close-up

    Economy · Geography and Travels · Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph depicts a group of Samsui women sitting on the back of a pickup truck. This is usually the form of transport by which they are either ferried to or from work at the construction site. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
  • Trishaw rider, 1979 : action [2]

    Transportation · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph depicts the scene from a busy, tree-lined road. A trishaw rider is carrying a customer with groceries, there are also other vehicles on the road. The trishaw rider has his right hand up, as if in a gesture to thank the vehicle behind for giving way. The location...