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HKFP Lens: Historical photos of 1960s makeshift bus driver canteens

A series of government archival photographs from 1968 have revealed how Kowloon Motor Bus drivers relied on ramshackle canteens at bus terminals in the Kowloon East Sub-District. The makeshift roadside canteens at the end of designated routes each offered food and beverage refreshments for their staff.
Hung Hom Ferry Terminus:
Hung Hom Ferry Terminus canteen

The canteen at the Hung Hom Ferry Terminus. It is a temporary wood-built structure, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Hung Hom Ferry Terminus canteen

Side view of the canteen structure, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Hung Hom Ferry Terminus canteen

Close-up of the side door and interior of the canteen, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Hung Hom Ferry Terminus canteen

View of the rear of the structure and toilets, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Hung Hom Ferry Terminus canteen

A close-up of the front door and part of the interior of the canteen, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Kowloon City Ferry Terminus:
Kowloon City Bus Ferry Terminus

Side view of the bus used as a stationary canteen for serving liquid refreshment only. The guy ropes holding it secure can be seen, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Kowloon City Bus Ferry Terminus

A close-up of the front door of the bus canteen showing the sign inside which says “K.M.B. Workers General Union Refreshment Canteen”, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Kowloon City Bus Ferry Terminus

The other side of the bus showing the continuation of the mooring guy ropes and the stacked crates of soft drinks, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Kowloon City Bus Ferry Terminus

Another view of the same canteen, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Kowloon City Bus Ferry Terminus

The canteen at the Kowloon City Ferry Terminus serving food only. It is a rough structure of wood and corrugated iron sheets, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Kowloon City Bus Ferry Terminus

A closer view of the interior of the canteen showing the sign which says “For Staff Only”, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Choi Hung Bus Terminus:
Choi Hung Bus Terminus

Choi Hung Bus Terminus Canteen, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Wang Tau Hom Bus Terminus:
Wang Tau Hom Bus Terminus

Wang Tau Hom Bus Terminus Canteen, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Tsz Wan Shan Bus Terminus and Tai O Mun Bus Terminus:
Tze Wan Shan Bus Terminus Tai O Mun Bus Terminus Canteen

Tze Wan Shan Bus Terminus Canteen, 1968 (left), Tai O Mun Bus Terminus Canteen, 1968 (right). Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

Ngau Tau Kok Bus Terminus and Kwun Tong Ferry Bus Terminus:
Ngau Tau Kok Bus Terminus and Kwun Tong Ferry Bus Terminus

The Bus Canteen at Jordan Valley – Jordan Valley North Road / N.T.K. Road. Bus Routes No. 2A & 6D, 1968 (left), The Bus Canteen at Kwun Tong Ferry Bus Terminus – Hoi Bun Road, Bus Routes No. 5B, 13B, 13C & 14B, 1968 (right). Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

HKFP Lens: Historical photos of 1960s makeshift bus driver canteens