21 Vintage Postcards That’ll Make You Relive the Old Singapore

November 21, 2015

The Singapore we all know today is often seen from above as a land filled with bright lights, skyscrapers, and continuous development. Singapore is often perceived too as a strict parent where everything must be clean and in order. Some may think that it lacks character from all what is seen on the outside. But once you see beyond order, laws (drop the bubblegum joke will you?), impressive infrastructures, and its busy streets, you’ll see this “Lion City” as a place packed with different cultures and an interesting history not embarrassed to narrate about its ups and downs which led it to what it is today.
Care to see and know the young Singapore where everything yet was small and underdeveloped? You probably do, so check out this collection of postcards featuring places around Singapore you might not recognize anymore.

City Hall

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

Dragon dance before the Yang di-Pertuan Negara (Head of State) for Singapore’s National Day

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

The busy Singapore River

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

Chinatown

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

Telok Ayer Market between Robinson Road and Shenton Way

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

Another shot of Chinatown

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

McRitchie Reservoir

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

Singapore Royal Visit decoration for the Duke of Connaught’s visit, ca. 1901

Photo Credit: Dodd Lu

Photo Credit: Dodd Lu

Singapore River

Photo Credit: Yan Biao Boey

Photo Credit: Yan Biao Boey

Hong Kong Bank (left) and the General Post Office (right, now Fullerton Hotel), ca. 1950

Photo Credit: Richard

Photo Credit: Richard

The first Botanical and Experimental Garden in Government Hill, Fort Canning

Photo Credit: Vladimir Tkalčić

Photo Credit: Vladimir Tkalčić

Raffels School, ca. 1910

Photo Credit: Vladimir Tkalčić

Photo Credit: Vladimir Tkalčić

Capitol Theatre

Photo Credit: Rachel Tan

Photo Credit: Rachel Tan

Malay Village

Photo Credit: Roderick Eime

Photo Credit: Roderick Eime

Raffles Place, ca. 1940

Photo Credit: Roderick Eime

Photo Credit: Roderick Eime

Beach Road

Photo Credit: Rachel Tan

Photo Credit: Rachel Tan

North Bridge Road

Photo Credit: David

Photo Credit: David

Singapore Canal

Photo Credit: John Laurie

Photo Credit: John Laurie

Clifford Quay

Photo Credit: John Laurie

Photo Credit: John Laurie

Sri Mariamman Temple

Photo Credit: John Laurie

Photo Credit: John Laurie

Connaught Drive, ca. 1952

Photo Credit: David

Photo Credit: David