Saturday, August 8, 2009 | By: Rudi Butt

Photos in a Shoebox

This is a collection of special photos that may or may not be directly related to the blog topic, but nonetheless interesting


1922 – the visit of a prince who would be king: Prince of Wales of Britain (later King Edward VIII and after abdication the Duke of Windsor) riding the sedan chair (八人大轎) with banners bearing his heraldic badge on two sides of the chair. Walking beside him, is Reginald Edward Stubbs (司徒拔) – the 16th governor.

Undated photo of rickshaw in Hong Kong. The woman posted by the rickshaw is Baroness Baden-Powell of England – Chief Guide for Britain in 1918, World Chief Guide in 1930. She visited Hong Kong in 1958.

1870 – The appearance of rickshaw. The rickshaw was first imported from Japan in that year by an American businessman. They were a popular form of transport for many years, peaking at more than 7,000 in the early part of the 20th century. These two modes vied for customers depending on their budget, haste, or terrain to be negotiated.
Streetscape: Pottinger Stree (Stone Slab Street), 1890 photoHong Kong and Shanghai Water Polo and Swimming team of 1907

An outing to the Botanic Garden, 1869 photo. The garden opened in 1864

Motor lorry representing Hong Kong, decorated for the Silver Jubilee procession - Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England, 1935

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