Hong Kong Street Scene

silver print postcard, circa 1920, 7.9 x 13.9 cm.



Photographed at a rickshaw park, a street scene of Hong Kong in the 1920’s, possibly in the areas of Central and Sheung Wan where many major piers were built on the waterfront. Just off the signpost of the park, a rather skinny sailor appears prominently in the foreground. With his rattan hat and shorter pants not so typical as uniform of western sailors at the time, he could be a local Chinese sailor working in one of many cross-harbour ferries. Or, he could be Chinese or Southeast Asian hired for western ocean liners or riverboats cruising in the Pearl River Delta. For his boat now anchored in the Victoria Harbour, he can be free from work even at mid-day.