Photo: Aberdeen, Hong Kong (under British rule at the time)
I took this photo in early March, 1966 when I was in the military. I don't remember the camera, or what happened to it, but it might have been a Brownie in the old 126 format, I believe the 110 format came out a few years later when I was a civilian - if I remember correctly. This print image faded over the years and decades later I scanned it to my computer.
This photograph is approximately 53 years old and shows a young lady trying to make a living in this floating city. The harbor had many families living aboard the bigger "Junks" and I remember the sampans servicing them with produce and other services, which is what you can see in this image.
My friend and I were on a similar type of sampan boat and an old gentleman was paddling us out to a grandiose floating restaurant where we picked out a live lobster and later had it for lunch. Today that restaurant is still there and proudly serving customers from all over the world. Over 19,000 days and nights have come and gone since then, but I clearly remember the sights and smells of that day, it was a unique experience that is forever in my memory.
A few days later I was somewhere in Hong Kong and a young girl sold me a beautiful home made model of a Junk that her father made, which included sails with rigging. The price was $5 and that was a lot of money at that time. Some boy grabbed the girl and tried to steal the money, but I grabbed him so she could get away. He finally broke free and went after her and I've often wondered if she made it home with the money. I've always assumed the father was a cripple and had to send her to sell his work, or he probably would have done it himself. I still have that boat and maybe will feature it in a future photo.
Link to the restaurant:
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