05 November 2012
Old Singapore Quiz (25) - Old Road in 1930s - Answers
24-year-old n.i.C first got the answer to the main question Q1 correct. Pastimes got 3 out of 4 answers correct (for Q1 to Q3). FL who put in a last-minute entry concurred with Pastimes. FL also remembered an air-conditioned cafe which he believed was called Les Bistro located near the piano shop. He had visited this cafe with his NS friends in the early 1970s.
Q1. What is the name of the road in the photo?
Ans: Orchard Road. (This is the end of the road which is near the Cathay Building.)
Q2. What is name of the building shown on the left side of the photo?
Ans: Amber Mansions.
Q3. From 1930s - 1970s, what goods was sold in the 2-storey building which is partially shown near the right edge of the photo?
Q4. What is the name of the road (where the premises of Peter's father was located) that runs to the right of the photo?
Ans: Dhoby Ghaut. (This road name is no longer in existence today but there is an MRT station with this name.)
More Information / Further Reading:
2. Amber Mansions was built between 1922 and 1928 by renowned colonial architectural firm Swan & Maclaren and was one of Singapore's first shopping centres. Owned by Joseph Elias, a prominent Jewish businessman, it was demolished in 1984 to make way for the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.
2a. My blogger friend Andy's post about his 1960s experience in performing at tea dances with the Silver Strings in the Celestial Room located on one of the upper floors of Amber Mansions.
National Library's newspaper archive. Note that Amber Mansions' address was 15 Orchard Road and the telephone number had only 4 digits then. (The SMA House, where Morris Motor Vehicle shop was located in the olden days and where MDIS is now, has the address of 14 Orchard Road.)
2c. National Library's article about Amber Mansions in its picture archive.
2d. Infopedia's article on Amber Mansions.
Posted by Victor at Monday, November 05, 2012
Labels: nostalgia, old Singapore, places, quiz
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I like this posting because I forgot most of the shops at Amber Mansions.
Thanks for memories.
Looks strange to me but interesting.
Hi there, I was wondering where did you get the 1963 map of the area from? I am currently doing a paper on the transformation of the area around Dhoby Ghaut and access to that map could be quite useful. Thank you so much for your blog post!!!
Hi Gladys, the map is from Singapore Street Directory, 1963 edition. A copy the street directory is available on microfilm from the Lee Kong Chian Library, National Library Building, Victoria Street. If you just need that map on Dhoby Ghaut, you may write to me (my email address is at the side panel of this blog) and I am glad to email you a scanned copy.
Anyone can recall anything about the building beside MDIS? Which is the current orchard22. Am doing a conservation project on that building but not easy finding its history.
I am currently working on my master thesis about the development of the transport in S'pore and I was wondering from which year the two photos from Ochard Road are. This would really help me alot, even if it is only a rough estimation when these pictures were taken.
Thank you :)
Kirsten, if you are referring to the 2 photos above Para 3 in the article, they were taken from the picture archives (PICAS) website of the National Archives of Singapore. Do a search for them and you should be able to find out roughly the years in which the photos were taken.
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