Sunday, July 25, 2021

Hong Kong photos of the 1950s and 1960s

Different from the busy and bustling scene today in the eyes of many tourists, Hong Kong (China) about 60 years ago was an idyllic land, mixing culture...

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The late photographer Fan Ho used to come to Hong Kong in the early 1950s. His black and white photos of Hong Kong in the old days attracted great attention when it was released in early 2016. He shared: "Hong Kong The 1950s and 1960s were a mix of traditional Chinese and Western cultures. It's a new and really exciting place."
Many bustling places in Hong Kong today were originally home to low-income Chinese communities in the 1950s and 1960s. Hong Kong's population at that time was about 3 million people. In the photo, people are busy buying things at the market.
In the 1960s, Hong Kong's standard of living was relatively stable. However, their income remains low. New factories appeared continuously, from 3,000 in the 1950s to 10,000 in the 1960s.

Pictured left, the scene resembles a miniature Venice (Italy) of Hong Kong. Right, street scene in 1956.
An interesting photo was taken using the method of overlapping, merging two scenes together.
Fan Ho is not the only photographer famous for his Hong Kong photos in the 1950s and 1960s. Recently, this set of vintage film color photos has also been shared by many websites. In the photo, children surround a small department store.
Hong Kong residents and some foreigners sit and eat in the outdoor space. At this time, Hong Kong was still under British rule.
To this day, many photographers still use color technology to recreate the old scenery of Hong Kong.
One of the other famous photos of Hong Kong during this period belongs to photographer Mike Cussans. In the photo, cyclos carry passengers from the hotel to the ferry terminal. The price for each turn is only about 50 cents (about 11,000 VND).
There were no modern supermarkets, Hong Kong people at this time mainly still go to the market to buy necessities.
The explosion of high-rise buildings and the rapidly growing economy changed the face of Hong Kong's major streets.

However, in contrast to the modernizing city, this is still a familiar scene along the coast. In the 60s, people used this type of boat to do business, travel and even live.
Scene of Hurricane Mary in Hong Kong in 1960.
According to Time Out, the 1960s marked the transformation of Hong Kong as more and more rural areas became fully furnished urban centers. From around this time, Hong Kong emerged as a major financial and cultural center of the world.

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