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Jul 19, 2014

Scenes of the Markets in Early Singapore


This archived photo from the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) inspired me to blog on this topic on scenes of the markets in Singapore.

I was just like this little boy in the 1950s when I would tag along with my mother to the market every morning when I have not started schooling.  At that time, my mother goes to the market daily to cook for the family because we do not have maids to look after the kids at home or for her to do the marketing.

We did not have fridge to store a week's food in the house as fridge was a luxury, not a necessity.


Our neighbors in the kampong would have to go to the market as a daily chore.

These archived photos of the scenes of markets in early Singapore are curated from NAS with thanks and acknowledgement for sharing collective memories of pioneer generations of Singaporeans.  They would recollect with amusement our trips to the market as an adventure everytime.


The markets I remember vividly are the markets in Bukit Ho Swee and Chinatown in the 1950s.

With the courtesy of the SittingInPictures video, there are some scenes and video footage of the wet market to watch.


Ellenborough Market in 1953
 
Beo Crescent market after the Bukit Ho Swee fire in 1961

Roadside Hawker Stalls at Chinatown


Please take a look at "Ways Done in the Past - Wet Markets" blog .

The current young generation of Singaporeans have grown up to a new generation of modern marketing  lifestyles supermarkets here and here .

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1 Comments:

Blogger MG22 said...

Hi Thimbuktu,

Do you have any images or information about Singapore's Carpenter Street market from this era?

July 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM  

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