‘Wedding & Fancy Cakes’ and ‘Soda and Tiffin Biscuit’ – Photo of the day
Published by Paula Bray on July 3, 2010 in Photo of the day.
‘Wedding & Fancy Cakes’ and ‘Soda and Tiffin Biscuit’
Western influences on Hong Kong can be clearly seen in this crop from a photograph taken by John Thomson and published in Volume 1 of China and Its People in 1874. The photograph was actually a photograph of the clock tower at the end of the street but in the right foreground was this interesting vignette.
It is clear from the European buildings this street focused on Western trade, with the taxi rank of chairs and the two Chinese bearers there to ferry businessmen around Hong Kong. Also visible is a cart parked near the wall with very British offerings, “Wedding & Fancy Cakes” as well as “Soda and Tiffin Biscuit”.
On the right is the turbaned figure of an Indian policeman and at the time there were about 300 drafted in from the British colonies in India. Soon after this photograph was taken they had been replaced Europeans and West-Indian’s. The reason for this, according to Thomson, was a fatal, although obvious flaw, made by the British administration; most could not speak English.
Photography by John Thomson
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