Wan Phing Lim

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Vintage postcards of Penang in the 1960s

I recently went on a week long trip to Hong Kong, and during my time at The Peak, I thought about how similar my hometown in Penang was to Hong Kong – what with its furnicular trams, prestigious hillside residences and traces of colonial Britain.

Here are some postcards I found at home of Penang taken in the 1960s, at a time when I was yet to be born. They are of places that my parents used to take me to as a child, bringing back some very precious childhood memories.

Penang Hill

Furnicular tram up Penang Hill

Penang Swimming Club

Penang Swimming Club

Old Esplanade

Old Esplanade

Gurney Drive

Gurney Drive

Beach Road

Financial district along Beach Road

Air Itam dam

Bridge at Air Itam dam

Air Itam

The Air Itam dam

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4 comments on “Vintage postcards of Penang in the 1960s

  1. Taking to the Open Road
    August 1, 2013

    Love these pictures – very retro and nostalgic! I also miss those halcyon days of my youth in Malaysia. So many things have changed now!

  2. backpackingbez
    April 24, 2015

    Hi. I’m an EFL teacher, based in Penang, and was looking for some good images to show one of my classes of Penang 50 years ago. These are absolutely perfect so thank you!

    PS I also enjoyed some of your posts about Manchester, as that’s actually my home town!

  3. wanphing
    April 27, 2015

    Thanks Peter, feel free to use these photos, they are scanned from an old stash found at home. I hope you enjoy Penang for as long as you’re here!

  4. backpackingbez
    April 27, 2015

    Thanks very much. I think my teenage students won’t be able to believe it when they see the picture of Gurney Drive! I’ve been in Penang for just over 18 months and I’ve really enjoyed it. Only a few months to go on my contract though unfortunately! Then it’s back to Manchester!

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