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  • Beach Road Market : general view

    Streets and Places · Economy · Transportation · Lee, Kip Lin · Lee Kip Lin Collection
    This is a 1968 photograph of the Beach Road Market, also known as the Clyde Terrace Market. It was the biggest market in Singapore selling uncooked food. A row of lorries can be seen parked in front of the market. Built in 1872 on reclaimed land, it was situated on...
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  • Fruit stall : general view

    Economy · Lee, Kip Lin · Lee Kip Lin Collection
    This 1972 photograph shows a stall selling fruits such as peaches and Mandarin oranges. The stall is shaded under a large umbrella, and packets of peanuts can be seen hung on the umbrella with hooks. Title devised by Library staff.
    Reproduction Available
  • Chinese herbal tea shop in Joo Chiat Place, 1991 [1]

    Streets and Places · Economy · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1991 photograph shows a Chinese herbal tea shop “寶芝堂” in Joo Chiat Place. The poster in the shop indicates the effectiveness of their herbal tea. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Household appliances shop at Sungei Road, 1977

    Streets and Places · Economy · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1977 photograph shows a household appliances shop at Sungei Road. Items on sale includes oil lamp, iron, weighing machine and many more. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Dried goods shop in Ellenborough Street, 1981

    Streets and Places · Economy · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    Photographer’s annotation on slide: “Ellenborough Street, 29 Decembre 81.” This 1981 photograph shows a dried goods shop in the now-expunged Ellenborough Street. Rattan baskets and gunny sacks of different types of dried goods are placed on the floor of the shop. Two of the men in the picture are packing...
  • Sago Lane shophouse : exterior

    Streets and Places · Economy · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1982 photograph shows a shophouse at Sago Lane which provides skin and general health products. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Chinese herbal tea shop in Joo Chiat Place, 1991 [2]

    Streets and Places · Economy · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1991 photograph shows a Chinese herbal tea shop “寶芝堂” in Joo Chiat Place. The poster in the shop indicates the effectiveness of their herbal tea. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Tradition Chinese provision shop on Pulau Tekong, 1979

    Geography and Travels · Economy · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1979 photograph shows a tradition Chinese provision shop “永妙生” on Pulau Tekong. An elder woman can be seen sitting at the entrance of the shop with a fan in her hand. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Traditional Chinese paper offerings shop in Chinatown, 1971

    Economy · Heritage and Culture · Streets and Places · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    Photographer’s annotation on slide: ““Deo, S’pore, 18 Dec 1971.” This 1971 photograph depicts a shop in Chinatown that makes paper offerings for the afterlife. A paper replica of a house is placed at the shop's entrance. The light wooden or bamboo frame of the paper house can be seen, as...
  • Vegetable sellers at Chin Hin Street, 1980

    Streets and Places · Economy · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1980 photograph shows vegetable sellers with rattan baskets of vegetables at the now-expunged Chin Hin Street. These baskets are placed at the lower floor of the two-storey shophouses lining the street. Several people in the picture are seen bending over, looking at the vegetables. Vegetable wholesalers used to trade...
  • Kreta Ayer street scene, 1980s : general view

    Streets and Places · Economy · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows street vendors selling various products such as laterns and shoes to passer-bys in Kreta Ayer during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The street stalls are flanked by rows of shophouses on the sides. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
  • A hawker selling drinks : general view

    Economy · Percy Hill Collection
    This photograph shows a hawker wearing a hat and sitting on a basket selling drinks by the roadside. Two other men are seen in the background on his right. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
  • Kreta Ayer market, 1979 : general view

    Economy · Streets and Places · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows a bustling scene at the Kreta Ayer market. Vendors mainly selling vegetables are found on both sides of the road. Meanwhile, a trishaw trundles past on the road, perhaps looking for potential customers who are laden with groceries. Title devised by Library staff.
  • 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...
  • Provision shop at Sago Street : close-up [2]

    Streets and Places · Economy · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows a shopkeeper, standing near the entrance of a provision shop at Sago Street, in the heart of Chinatown. A range of sundry items are sold in small packets, while other goods are placed at the shop front, near the five-foot-way. The ground floor units of shophouses typically...
  • Three different types of headgear : front view

    Economy · Heritage and Culture · Percy Hill Collection
    This is an interesting photograph showing three males in different types of headgear. The man seated on the grass is a hawker who wears a skull cap. In front of him on his left are his basket of food and a pail. On his right is a smiling Malay boy...
  • Hawkers at an open market : general view

    Economy · Percy Hill Collection
    This photograph shows an open market with hawkers selling their goods which are spread on the ground. In the background are baskets, goats and a row of two-storey shop houses. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
  • Vendors by the sea : general view

    Sports and Recreation · Economy · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This black and white photograph shows some fish traders sorting out baskets of fishes on the beach. In front of them are some fishing boats. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
  • Vegetable seller at roadside

    Economy · Edwin A. Brown Collection
    This is a pre-1914 photograph from E. A. Brown's collection. It shows a vegetable seller squatting by the roadside, in front of a row of shophouses. The vegetables are laid out for sale on several bamboo trays and baskets. A carrying pole used for transporting the vegetables is placed against...
  • A Chinese peddler : general view

    Economy · Heritage and Culture · Percy Hill Collection
    This photonegative shows a Chinese male peddler at his makeshift stall built with wooden planks and poles. It has a sloping zinc roof and is sited at the roadside. Tea cups are laid out on a table top. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
  • Labourer carrying sugar canes

    Economy · Edwin A. Brown Collection
    This is a pre-1914 photograph from E. A. Brown's collection. It shows a labourer walking barefoot on the road, with a carrying pole placed on one shoulder. He is carrying two bundles of sugar canes suspended from the pole. Crossing the path of the labourer is a bullock-drawn water cart...
  • Chinese food peddlers : group photograph

    Economy · Heritage and Culture · Percy Hill Collection
    This photonegative shows Chinese food peddlers serving their customers who are squatting under a tree in a large open area. The food and utensils are placed on improvised carriers. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Boat taxis : general view [2]

    Transportation · Economy · Edwin A. Brown Collection
    This is a pre-1914 photograph from E. A. Brown's collection. It shows a large number of sampans in the waters. The picture was taken onshore at Beach Road near Clyde Terrace Market. Sugar cane, fruits and vegetables are being unloaded by the boatmen. A large pile of chipped granite used...
  • Provision shop at Sago Street : close-up [1]

    Streets and Places · Economy · Kouo, Shang-Wei, 1924-1988 · Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏 {44860}
    This photograph shows a shopkeeper, standing near the entrance of a provision shop at Sago Street, in the heart of Chinatown. A range of sundry items are sold in small packets, while other goods are placed at the shop front, near the five-foot-way. The ground floor units of shophouses typically...