By the late 19th century, Penang had become a thriving port trading in rubber, spices and tin. Its prosperity attracted immigrants from around the world and the island was a rich melting pot of Chinese, Indians, Malays, Europeans and many other peoples.
The postcards reproduced in this book are drawn from the huge collection of Penang-born Professor Cheah Jin Seng, he author of Singapore: 500 Early Postcards, Malaya: 500 Early Postcards, Perak: 300 Early Postcards and Selangor: 300 Early Postcards.This title in the Early Postcards series will present a diverse array of picture postcards of Penang -- including of its capital George Town, now a World Heritage site -- from the 1890s to the 1970s.
Penang-born Professor Cheah Jin Seng is an avid philatelist and deltiologist, and is particularly well-versed in the postal history of both Singapore and Malaysia. He is currently a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of London and a Director of the Singapore Philatelic Museum. An ex-board member of the National Museum of Singapore, Prof. Cheah has written and co-published extensively on the subjects of stamps and postcards in Singapore and Malaysia.
Prof. Cheah is by profession an Emeritus Consultant at the Department of Medicine in the National University Hospital of Singapore. He is the author of Malaya: 500 Early Postcards, Singapore: 500 Early Postcards, Perak: 300 Early Postcards and Selangor: 300 Early Postcards.
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