Thursday, 10 April 2014

Some recent postcards

Saying recent, these postcards are from the 60s, 70s and 80s which makes them 40 or more years old. Some of these cards are getting uncommon as few people were keen to collect them.

The back of this card used from Singapore dated 1987 described this scene as Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu. I am not sure which part of town this was but possibly near Gaya Street which traditionally has a Sunday market regularly.
The message also mentions attending another Sunday market probably at Kota Belud where water buffalos were for sale. Apparently they were needed by prospective husbands who would need 1 or 2 to barter for a wife!
This card was published by S W Singapore.

This was from a photo by Victor Wah published by Lee Man Printing Sdn Bhd. This was a scene of children going home past padi fields in the Penampang district. No date given as unused. I have doubts whether this sort of view exist anymore in that area. It is probably all built up with houses and so forth. The price of so called "progress".

This Sandakan card was also published by S W Singapore and signed with a date in 1971 but the scene probably dated from a few years earlier judging from the background buildings. This was indeed a very idyllic scene when the pace of life was much slower. There was no lack of time for doing what needed to be done.
The fountain was situated in the middle of a large roundabout in the business part of town. On the left was the start of Leila Rd which was named after the wife of the first Governor, Treacher. Beyond the fountain is the Town Padang with the stand for spectators. Behind that is Singapore Road, an area of important historical interest where further research should be carried out and the knowledge preserved.
A post card by S W Singapore described as Street Scene and main thoroughfare of Jesselton. It was posted in 1973 to Switzerland but probably dated from the 1960s. I am not familiar enough with Jesselton/Kota Kinabalu to place this at its present location.

Yet another postcard by S W Singapore but of Kampong Ayer in Jesselton from the 1960s. It was posted in 1967, also to Switzerland. This is one of the nicest and detailed view of this area which is no longer in existence in this form. In the distance are Mamutik and Manukan Islands

This view would have been ideal if it were Jesselton /Kota Kinabalu. But this was actually a riverside view of Kuching in neighbouring Sarawak, so picturesque! But I doubt whether this same scene is still available due to high rise buildings, air pollution etc. In the back ground is Mt Santubong, 35 km to the north of Kuching.

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