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HKFP Lens: Old Skool Cool – Wan Chai bar cards from the 70s and 80s

Pictures courtesy of rlomaxhk.

Wan Chai remains the home of Hong Kong’s red light district, with bars and night clubs concentrated around Lockhart Road. The raucous, neon-lit setting served as a backdrop for Richard Mason’s famous novel The World of Suzie Wong, about an encounter between an American artist and a prostitute.

Between the 1950s and 1970s – during the wars in Vietnam and Korea – a large number of foreign soldiers were stationed in Hong Kong, and Wan Chai became their go-to place for a night of entertainment. Illustrated below are some of the bar cards used to entice young military men to the district’s pubs and clubs.

HKFP Lens: Old Skool Cool - Wan Chai bar cards from the 70s and 80s