Vintage Singapore - Souvenirs from the Recent Past


Text by May Khuen Chung and May Anne Ong and Wan Hui Sim and Tamilselvi Siva and Jason Toh and Hong Suen Wong
192 pp, 240 mm x 170 mm

ISBN: 978-981-4217-01-9
RRP USD29.90 buy from amazon

Category: History
Theme: Singapore

A retrospective of the recent past, Vintage Singapore evokes a strong sense of nostalgia and highlights the continuous rebirth of old familiar styles. Focusing on the post-war years, the National Museum of Singapore has collected objects of the everyday and, seen together in this book, they remind us of the exciting and stylish decades of the late twentieth century.

The book is divided into 5 chapters, based on the Singapore Scene, Singapore Dining, Singapore Childhood, Singapore Style and Singapore Home. The collection spans ephemera from cinemas, coffee shops, school days, fashion and home-related artifacts. Presented in a colourful and stylish design, a “retro” and nostalgic feel gives the reader a reminder of days not long past.

Chung May Khuen specialises in the fashion history of Singapore women from the 1950s to 1970s. She is currently the curator of the Fashion Gallery (Singapore Living Galleries) of the National Museum and has a MA in History and Culture of Fashion from the London College of Fashion, London. Her research interests include the study of the fashion industry in Singapore from the 1950s to 2000s and Singapore's social, economic and political history through fashion studies.

Jason Toh curates the permanent galleries in the National Museum of Singapore that cover colonial history in both the Singapore History Gallery and the Photography Gallery. Besides developing Singapore-themed temporary exhibitions and building the museum’s photography collection, Toh researches and writes on 19th-century colonial photography. A liberal arts graduate of Middlebury College, Toh began his museum career proper, after stints with Christie’s Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum, at the National Museum of Singapore as an assistant curator in 2004, becoming a curator in 2006.

Wong Hong Suen has been a curator at the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) since 2001. She is curator of two permanent galleries of NMS namely Modern Times (Singapore History Gallery) and Food Gallery (Singapore Living Galleries), which focus on the history and sociology of food and eating in postwar Singapore. Recently she curated the exhibition on 19th century Singapore landscape paintings, prints and photographs.

Hong Suen is also the author of Wartime Kitchen: Food and Eating in Singapore 1942–45. She is an established writer on the social memory of food and colonial photography, contributing to publications such as History of Photography by Routledge, Food and Foodways in Asia: Resource, Tradition and Cooking, Singapore: The Encyclopedia, The Past in the Present: Histories in the Making and TimeOut London.


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