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Old photos that reveal a Singapore you won’t see on Instagram

We were quite the tourist destination back then.

Daniel Ho | May 18, 2016 @ 05:07 pm

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Our recent post about retired American professor Jean-Claude Latombe’s shots of 1972 Singapore may have had many going all reminiscent and teary-eyed.

Thanks to a Jed Mitter, we can again experience those same emotions. Not once, but many times over.

Mitter published, on his Facebook page, a note titled “Links to Old Singapore Photographs”.

Source: Mothership Facebook
Source: Mothership Facebook

The links in the note lead to Flickr albums containing photos of pre- and post-independent Singapore. The photos generally depict scenes from the 60s to the 80s, though some date as far back as 1951.

Mitter’s online profile lists him as an independent import and export professional who now lives in Taiwan, having grown up in Singapore in the 60s and 70s and attended schools such as ACS Primary and Anderson Secondary.

Many of the linked albums appear to be owned by foreign visitors who captured fond memories of their first trips to the little red dot.

We present a brief sampling of these images below, but do visit the album links on Mitter’s original post for more.

Sit back, relax, and let the memories roll by:

Before Funan Centre was built (you can see the Central Fire Station in the background)

Photo by Fotorus
Photo by Fotorus

Street approaching Cavenagh Bridge, flanked by Maybank Towers and Fullerton Building

Photo by Fotorus
Photo by Fotorus

Collyer Quay in 1972

Photo by Fotorus
Photo by Fotorus

Entrance to the harbour (harbour light on the right)

Photo by Fotorus
Photo by Fotorus

Funeral procession in the streets

Photo by Fotorus
Photo by Fotorus

Malay wedding procession

Photo by Paul Joseph Rio Daza
Photo by Paul Joseph Rio Daza

Volkswagen Type 2, used by Prisons officers back in the day

Photo by Paul Joseph Rio Daza
Photo by Paul Joseph Rio Daza

Policemen in shorts

Photo by Paul Joseph Rio Daza
Photo by Paul Joseph Rio Daza

Triumph TR4A in action at the Singapore GP

Photo by Paul Joseph Rio Daza
Photo by Paul Joseph Rio Daza

Photos by Fotorus and Paul Joseph Rio Daza.

Top photo by Fotorus.

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About Daniel Ho

Daniel Ho dreams of one day living on a farm, surrounded only by limitless plains and free-roaming livestock. For now, he can only wonder what freak of nature caused him to land up here at the Mothership.

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