Photos of old Pearl of the Orient

I got these photos from a forward mail a few years ago. I am not sure if these are copyrighted pics, so if this belongs to anyone and you do not want to see the pics here, please tell me and I shall take them down immediately. But I hope the person who took the photos enjoy having his/her works shown to the WWW.

Double decker bus and women wearing kebaya and samfoo. How quaint! This is outside the Police Headquarter in Penang Road. I am not sure when the photo was taken but I believe must be in the fifties.

Look at the Vespa scooter and the empty road. The Penang Bazaar was THE place to shop before we have any shopping mall. They bazaar still exists but I dare not step foot in there because :

  • you will get fleeced
  • it is very crammed and hot
  • stuffs are like 20 years behind in fashion
  • you may get molested and mugged

But on second thought, I may go there one day just to see how exactly is the Penang Bazaar now.

Kolstoli is what everyone would call this place. Cold Storage is the one and only place where you can find butter, ham and everything English back then. I remembered going there when I was very small and was very excited with the air-conditioned place. *sigh* Those were the days. Even now, Cold Storage is still the upmarket food grocer.

Look at those pants! They must used a lot of cloths back in those days. I can’t see very clearly but I think the number plate then was only a single alphabet ‘P’. This is of course, a scene from the Penang ferry. (new pics here) Back in those days, Penang was a tax free zone or something, arrghh…I can’t remember but I know if you are coming into the island, the Immigration or is it Customs will check your bags. I wouldn’t know ‘cos I don’t think I got out of the island before back then. My parents couldn’t afford to take my four siblings and I out that often because we only had one bicycle and my father was only a teacher.

It has been fun looking through these photos which are probably 50 years old and above.

Post Author: lilian

Used to be PenangFaces, now known as Food Haven, for all oink-oink foods

3 thoughts on “Photos of old Pearl of the Orient


    (May 17, 2006 - 10:10 pm)

    Nice pics! Hey I wrote about my trip to Food Paradise today, do check it out! Peenaaaaaaaaanggg!!!


    (May 18, 2006 - 12:44 am)

    Looks like photos of the 50’s. Brings back memories of childhood days.


    (April 21, 2007 - 5:23 pm)

    Oh are these the only photos fowarded to u? I luv to see how Penang look like back in the 50’s in photos like this. Can I have them?

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