To reward you for coming back after my long hiatus, below is a rare undated picture of Wharf Road. How do we deduce the year of this picture?
Block 1 (No.1 - No.5) of Wharf Road was completed in 1935 by Foochow developer, Wong Koh Chiong (黄可川) who went by the trade name Thong Aik 通益. He also owned No.1 Wharf Road. He headed Su Lu 泗蘆 School and was a founding member of Hua Chiew 华侨 Middle School (which became Sarikei High School and Sekolah Tinggi in 1971).
Source: Preferred to be anonymous
The Chinese characters above No. 1 and No. 2 read 通益 Thong Aik and 福益 Hock Aik respectively. 福益 Hock Aik was opened around 1950 by Ting Ka Ping 陳家平. It was grocery shop cum local produce (pepper and rubber) exporter.
Before 福益 Hock Aik, the shop's name at No. 2 had 3 characters (Kim Aik Hin 金益興) and was owned by a lady from Kinmen county 金門 in Fujian, China
The Shell petrol station (built in 1953-1954) opposite No.1 Wharf Road was not in the picture yet. So we can conclude the picture was from 1950-1953.
Find the removable wooden main doors tied to the pillars at the front of each shop. Find the original windows of the shops. Spot the concrete walls on the Repok Road side of No.1 Wharf Road - they were not open walls like the kopitiam of today.
Who owned that only car in Wharf Road?