This could be not a big deal to some coz they have tons of such photos but to those who do not have, I would like to share these photos of Old Penang. Some are in black and white while others are in colour. The giveaway is definitely the cars and in the way the people dress in those days. These photos are courtesy of one of the JACHFRINS, Aravindan to be precise. Thanks so much for sharing these photos and I would like to share them with those who are interested.
I think some of the scenes were taken either when I was very young or maybe not even born yet.
This is Batu Feringhi. Thats Lover's Isle there in the sea. The beach then was definetly unspoilt and as can be seen, not a hotel in sight.
The famous Mesjid Kapitan Keling. Look at the car, that tells you that this is old.
Chulia Street. Funny, even then it looked old. The car tells you its old.
This is a scene in the ferry. Notice the dressing then. I am told this is taken in 1958.
I think this is somewhere near Padang Kota Lama. I may be wrong.
I am still trying to figure out which place this is. Can anyone help me out here? Hey I am a mainland boy and resides in Penang Island only since 1993 besides the 2 or 3 years in 1984.
The Penang Hill Police Station. The last time I went up that hill was probably 8 years ago and if I am not mistaken, the police station looked the same.
View of Penang Island from the hill. Lots of changes I tell you.
This is Penang Road of old. Notice one thing in particular? What you asked? Look, no jam.
Penang Road again. Trishaws or Lang Chia or some people like to call it lancheows were the king of the road then. Is that a Lambretta?
The Odeon Cinema. Now it plays only Tamil movies. Look at Rajnikant waiting there and again, no jam.
No jam along Penang Road. I think if you know what year the movie Annastasia was shown, it would help in determing the age of this photo.
Hey we had double deckers back then. I don't know if I had ridden in one or not. If I had, I must have been too young to remember so Kerp, don't go saying you were in one.
Besides the double decker, this is another of my favourite. Tanjong Tokong and old Malay huts. This is a classic man.
The Botanical Gardens. I remember the excitement of going there and feeding the monkeys. They still do have monkeys now and also two legged ones.
There you are pictures of old Penang. Anyone with any do not mind sharing, please email me their pictures. I'd appreciate it very much.