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Ancient Photos Reveal How KL Used To Look Like 50 Years Ago!

Kuala Lumpur, before the emergence of fancy skyscrapers and high-traffic streets!

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Have you ever wondered how Kuala Lumpur used to look like about half a century ago?

These ancient photos compiled by one R.S Murthi will take you back in time to the glorious past of Kuala Lumpur:

A couple of weeks ago, we featured a set of old photos of Penang and old buses in Penang, found from one R.S Murthi's site.

Knowing that we Malaysians love stepping back in time to talk about the "good old days", we decided to feature these photos of Kuala Lumpur dating back to the early and mid 20th century.

Murthi found the photos from various sources online and mentioned that most of the images are scans of old postcards with photos licensed from European and Asian amatuer and professional photographers. Most of the images have been "cleaned up" and posterised by Murthi.

The photos have been credited to the site that we found them from, R.S Murthi, as the names of the photographers could not be found. It would be great if you could drop us a comment should you happen to know the names of any of the photographers.

1. Gombak Bridge and Town Hall c. 1908

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2. Selangor Club c. 1930

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3. Jalan Kinabalu, c. 1963

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4. Kuala Lumpur Railway Station c. 1965

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The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, circa 1960.

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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, circa 1980.

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Flyover in front the Kuala Lumpur Railways Station, circa 1965.

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5. Dataran Medan Pasar, Petaling Street c. 1970

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6. Sungai Besi Airport c. 1960

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7. Bukit Aman, PDRM Headquarters c. 1960

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8. Sultan Abdul Samad Building c. 1920

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9. University Malaya (UM) c. 1963

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10. Ampang Railway Station c. 1920

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11. Batu Road c. 1968

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12. Central Market c. 1920

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13. An aerial view of Kuala Lumpur city center c. 1920

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14. Madras Cinema c. 1950

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15. Merdeka Stadium c. 1960

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16. Mountbatten Road (Jalan Tun Perak) c. 1957

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Mountbatten Road, circa 1964.

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Mountbatten Road, circa 1964.

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17. High Street (Jalan Tun HS Lee), Kuala Lumpur c. 1888

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Jalan Tun H. S Lee, circa 1975.

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18. Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka c. 1960

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Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, circa 1970

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19. An ice water vendor in Kuala Lumpur, c. 1900

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20. Rojak seller at Merdeka Square c. 1900

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21. Masjid Jamek area c. 1950

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Masjid Jamek, circa 1960.

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22. Market Street (Lebuh Pasar Besar) c. 1960

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23. Market Square c. 1960

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24. Federal Hotel, Jalan Bukit Bintang c. 1960

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Wrap yourself in a sense of nostalgia as you feast your eyes on more of these old photos that speak of Malaysia's beautiful yesteryears:

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