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Singapore, Malay Postman.   THE LIBYAN Esther Kofod www.estherkofod.com

Singapore, Malay Postman. THE LIBYAN Esther Kofod www.estherkofod.com

Malay girl, Singapore. From New York Public Library Digital Collections.

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Old Singapore - the legendary Samsui women - young unmarried women from China who arrived in Singapore with the earliest of immigrants in the 1820s. Adorned with their trademark red "hat", they performed menial jobs in the early construction industry. The Samsui women saved money for retirement and for trips back to China to visit relatives. They communicated with their families through letter writers and faithfully sent money back. Although some finally retired in China, many became too old…

Old Singapore - the legendary Samsui women - young unmarried women from China who arrived in Singapore with the earliest of immigrants in the Adorned with their trademark red "hat", they performed menial jobs in the early construction industry.

MALAY KAMPONG IN BEDOK 1962

MALAY KAMPONG IN BEDOK 1962

Singapore | A young Straits Chinese or nonya girl dressed for her role in  a traditional Straits Chinese wedding. She has a long, finely beaded cloak trailing to her side, a Ching-style gown, and numerous items  of jewellery including rings, and a head piece and chest ornaments based on the bride's 'sanggul kemantain' and 'dada kemantain'. | Postcard image, ca. 1910, photographer unknown.

Singapore | A young Straits Chinese or nonya girl dressed for her role in a traditional Straits Chinese wedding. She has a long, finely beaded cloak trailing to her side, a Ching-style gown, and numerous items of jewellery including rings, and a head piece and chest ornaments based on the bride's 'sanggul kemantain' and 'dada kemantain'. | Postcard image, ca. 1910, photographer unknown.

Street hawker, Singapore, 1954. THE LIBYAN Esther Kofod www.estherkofod.com

Street hawker, Singapore, 1954. THE LIBYAN Esther Kofod www.estherkofod.com

TANJONG KATONG - SINGAPORE 1920s.   THE LIBYAN Esther Kofod www.estherkofod.com

TANJONG KATONG - SINGAPORE 1920s. THE LIBYAN Esther Kofod www.estherkofod.com

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