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Feb 17, 2012

Ways Done in the Past - "Homes of Singapore" Exhibition

"Homes of Singapore" Exhibition held at the Victoria Memorial Hall in 1951.

Long before Singapore became a global marketplace to hold international Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions (MICE) events at Singapore Expo , the Singapore Airshow 2012 at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC), lets take a look at the ways done in the past for the "Homes of Singapore" exhibition 50 years ago.

Models of Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) homes at the exhibition.

Preparation for the exhibits

Long before computers were done in the past to work with Photoshop, imaging and multimedia software applications, screen projectors and other presentation devices. The latest sophisticated digital and electronic stuff for sound and visual effects for events management.

Invited guests and VIPs

Long before the days of the ceiling fans, basic props on the stage, wooden folding chairs for the invited guests and VIPs...

Speeches by speakers on the stage platform and rostrum

Viewing the exhibits

Please note that photos with "For online reference - viewing only" watermark are posted with courtesy photo credit of National Archives of Singapore.



Blogger Christopher.Leeman said...

Things were fare more simple then, but then again so were the houses. Nice blog :-)

February 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thank you for taking time to cheer and encourage me, Christopher. I share your sentiments to reminisce on simple ways things have changed. Work processes and systems have improved and simplified with the advent of computers.

Thank goodness, many complicated stuff have saved time and energy. Cheers!

February 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger James Tann said...

In the first two pictures, the model of the house at the rear is that of the homes that were built at Princess Elizabeth Estate. They were called Artisan Quarters.
In the top picture, the 'ang moh' on the left is Mr James Fraser, Manager of the Singapore Improvement Trust, and the gentlemen on the right (bending) is Mr SC Woolmer, the Senior Architect and Planner of the S.I.T. at that time.

February 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thank you James. Isn't it wonderful to know that you recognise these two gentlemen in the photo are from SIT and the exhibit of the house models. Were you from SIT too?

I was working with Housing Development Board (HDB) for over 28 years until I retired 10 years ago. SIT was the predecessor of HDB as the housing agency of Singapore.

February 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger James Tann said...

Ha ha ha Thimbuktu, I wasn't even born when the photos were taken, much less worked for SIT!
I recognise them from digging through the archives researching data for my Princess Elizabeth Estate blog.

You might be interested to know that Mr James Fraser was the person who introduced the Boys Brigade Movement into Singapore in 1930.

February 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Well done, James. Resourceful and thorough data mining research with helpful info for Singapore memories to share with us on this blog. Thank you.

February 17, 2012 at 9:50 PM  

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