Sunday, January 23, 2011

Then and Now – Circular Road

In my earlier post, I showed a 1960’s photo by Geoffrey Pain asking readers to identify the street. Reader Clement correctly pointed out that it was the junction of North Canal Road and Circular Road.
Below is a ‘second shot’ of the same place taken from Google’s Street View.


Looking at the second photo, the corner shop looks like a coffee shop. But what was it before? On closer examination of the sign board in photo no. 1, I realized that it was actually an electrical appliance shop. The exact words in Chinese and English were:

- 裕 成 电 器 公 司 - read from right to left; and is in 繁体 (complex form)
- Joo Seng Electric Co.

By the way, can you identify the model of the car in the photo?

8 comments:

JollyGreenP said...

The car looks like a Jaguar 3.4 Mk2 from around 1963. To the left, coming into the picture is a mini of some kind but can't make out the badge as to whether it is a Morris or Austin, definitely not an MG mini.

Tekko said...

The electrical shop belongs to my maternal grandfather. I have written a blog post here: http://lifebesiderunning.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-unclesphoto-shop.html

Redstorm said...

North Canal Rd and Circuit Rd used to be a Teochew enclave and the shops in the former were mostly dealing with dried seafood while those in the latter were mostly textile wholesalers.

Dog crates said...

To the left, coming into the picture is a mini of some kind but can't make out the badge as to whether it is a Morris or Austin, definitely not an MG mini.

Pet Meds said...

To the left, coming into the picture is a mini of some kind but can't make out the badge as to whether it is a Morris or Austin

Anonymous said...

电 in 繁体 (Traditional form) is 電, isn't it?

TIA said...

Hi Chun See,

I am TIA, an urban sketcher from SG. I quoted your blog on circular road in my post at Urbansketchers site, a global non-profit organisation promoting location drawing. More ppl will be checking out your blog. Hope it is OK with you.

http://www.urbansketchers.org/2011/02/sunday-sketch-at-circular-road.html

幼彬 Pearl Dewice said...

hi! Chun See

I am Dew who is interested in the bridge above Ulu Pandan River.

When would you be available?