Penang Postcard Collection: 1899-1930s


Khoo Salma Nasution & Malcolm Wade
2003. Third edition, 2011, Areca Books
Hardcover. 28.7cm x 26cm, 304 pages
700+ b/w and colour postcards
ISBN No: 9839832885009

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Product Description

Penang Postcard Collection: 1899-1930s by Khoo Salma Nasution & Malcolm Wade

In the early 20th century, from a bustling port teeming with travellers and migrants, thousands of postcards of Penang were sent off into the world. These picture postcards gave vivid impressions of Penang’s centre of commerce and administration, its streets and suburbs, its hill resort and its beaches. With over 700 postcards compiled by Malcolm Wade, this is the largest collection of prewar Penang postcards ever published. The local context is researched by Khoo Salma Nasution, author of the best-selling book, ‘Streets of George Town, Penang’. This collection serves as a testimony to Penang’s rich heritage, as well as a visual resource for researches, artists, collectors, and all those who love Penang.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Greetings from Penang

The Port of Penang

Government Offices & Beach Street

The Padang Courts & Schools

Streets & Transport

The Suburbs & Clubs

The Beaches

The Garden & Penang Hill


People, Festivals & Religious Sites

Sungai Pinang & Ayer Itam

Province Wellesley

Art Postcards



Editorial Reviews

‘Every once in a while, a book comes along that surpasses expectations … Serious collectors or scholars of postcards (deltiologists, as they are called), as well as casual readers, are sure to delight in this richly illustrated and beautifully designed volume.’ — Peter Zabielskis, The Star

‘… one that you would read again and again [for] its captivating and rare images.’
Clarence Y. K. Ngui, Malaysian Business

‘… important for schools and history studies in Malaysia …’ Datuk Zawiyah Baba, The Star


Official launch of Penang Postcard Collection: 1899-1930s

Additional Information

Weight 1800 g
Dimensions 28.7 x 26 x 2.5 cm