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Moonchu Foundation

In 2012, the Moonchu Foundation generously agreed to lend the Hong Kong Museum of History about 20,000 extremely rare old photos of Hong Kong and China that it had recently purchased in the United Kingdom and mainland China for exhibition and research purposes. Comprising pictures that were acquired over a prolonged period of time, the collection covers a comprehensive spectrum of topics and includes old photo albums and pictures on the theme of Hong Kong and other trading ports, illustrated and pictorial publications that contain scenic views of the Far East, glass negatives, stereoscopic photos and cartes de visite. Produced by photo studios in Hong Kong and other trading ports and cities mainly from the middle of the 19th to the early 20th century, these rare and invaluable images offer a rich selection of scenes featuring local customs and practices, contemporary architecture, people at work and at play, as well as commercial activities.

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