If you are looking for photos of the past … depicting the everyday lives of people in Singapore more than 50 years ago, Singapore 60s: An Age of Discovery is just the right book for you!
Through the eyes of a former journalist and photography enthusiast, George Porter – who also served as the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore during the early years of her independence, the significant beginnings of a young nation were captured through the camera lens.
The photos were grouped into 4 major themes – National Day Celebrations; Our People, Our Way of Life; Our Transportation; and Our River. Everlasting impressions and story-telling of the “Singapore life” from the pioneer generations were created though these powerful images, bringing out the historical context during mid-1960s, including racial diversity and harmony, celebrations of the young nation at the Padang, the Singapore River as a hub for commercial trading and shipping activities, shop houses and street views, the young and the elderly, education and jobs.
Looking at the present Singapore, one could not have imagined how life was like for our pioneer generations…and how much the nation has progressed. Time may have blunted our memories but this book provides an antidote and gives a first-hand experience with its vivid sights…and even “imaginary sounds” from pictures that are certainly worth more than a thousand words!