Have You Seen These Ancient Photos Of Penang? They Were Retrieved From Old Floppy Disks

Some of the photographs are almost a 100 years old.

We stumbled upon a collection of beautiful, old photos of our very own Pearl of the Orient, recently.

Photographed by mostly European and Asian photographers, some of these pictures are almost a 100 years old!

The photos were compiled on one R.S Murthi's website, plonked under a four-part 'Old Penang Photos' entry. Murthi retrieved the photos from a collection of floppy disks dating back to 1996 when researching about his hometown, Prai.

He found them 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. Some of the photos are from blogs of former British soldiers who were stationed in Malaya during the colonial era. 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. Penang Botanical Gardens c. 1939

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2. Cars parked by the roadside of an unnamed village in Penang. c. 1920

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3. An aerial view of Georgetown, Penang. c. 1970

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4. The beautiful Kapitan Keling Mosque that was built back in 1801. c. 1968

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5. Kek Lok Si Temple c. 1960

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6. Butterworth c. 1900

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7. The majestic view from Penang Hill Hotel. c. 1980

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8. Cathay, Penang Road. c. 1964

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9. Eastern & Oriental Hotel. c. 1964

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10. Penang Road

Penang Road c. 1965

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Penang Road c. 1970

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Penang Road c. 1965

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11. A bullock cart on a rural road in Penang. c 1960

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12. Penang Harbour c. 1963

Penang Harbour c. 1963

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Penang Harbour c. 1963

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Penang Harbour c. 1970

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13. Penang Hill Railway

Penang Hill railway, c. 1930

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Penang Hill Train c. 1948

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14. Weld Quay

Weld Quay c. 1900

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Weld Quay c. 1959

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15. Light Street roundabout c. 1968

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16. Air Itam c. 1960

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17. Raja Tun Uda Terminal c. 1965

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18. Malayan Airways plane at Bayan Lepas Airport c. 1962

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19. Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, Penang c. 1963

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20. Penang Buddhist Association building c. 1970

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21. Church Street Pier c. 1958

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22. Campbell Street c. 1900

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Campbell Street, circa 1966

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23. Beach Street c. 1890

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24. Northam Road c. 1930

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25. Penang Club c. 1930

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26. Batu Kawan-Pulau Aman ferry c. 1960

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27. Odeon Cinema c. 1956

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28. Capitol Cinema c. 1981

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29. Air Itam dam c. 1970

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30. Penang Hill cable railway c. 1970

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31. Penang Swimming Club, Tanjong Bungah, c. 1956

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32. Penang ferry, 'Senangin' c. 1955

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33. German U-181 docking at Swettenham Pier c. 1939

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Share if you loved these charming photos or if you've ever owned a floppy disk. :D

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