Thursday, 7 November 2013

More views of Sandakan

These two postcards are really nice and gives a flavour of life and what it looked like in the early 1900s.

This is a greenish tinted postcard sent in the middle of 1914. It showed a popular view of Sandakan from a vantage point on Bukit Merah, probably quite near to where the present observation platform is today. It is not far from the Agnes Keith House.
The publisher of the card is unknown. The buildings nowadays are completely different. The clock tower can be seen near the middle of the photo and next to it, the government buildings. Does anybody recognise the ship in the harbour?  I have been reliably informed that the jetty on the right could be Gueritz's folly or the coaling pier. E P Gueritz was one of the governors of North Borneo.
I have seen a rare photograph of this similar scene taken by Osa and Martin Johnson while on their safari to North Borneo in 1920. The area of the coaling pier is no more and is now reclaimed land.

Both these cards were sent on the same day from Sandakan by the same person to different addresses. They have the same format at the back and so came from the same source, probably GB. These two scene are also similarly replicated early in the Funk series of postcards. It is not certain which ones came first as they have similar dates of usage.

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