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January 18, 2021

Holland-China Trading Company, Hong Kong Office in 1918 Through Amazing Photos

Charles Gesner van der Voort (1916-1991) had started his career in Rotterdam, at Holland-China Trading Company (HCHC). In 1938, he went to Shanghai for the firm. The Japanese interned him, and most other Dutch nationals, from 1943-45.

Holland-China Trading Company, Hong Kong office in 1918


In camp, he met his wife Nancy and they married after the war. After a leave in the Netherlands, they returned to the Orient, where Charles continued to work for HCHC in Hong Kong.

Twenty years before Charles started, in 1918, a photo album was made of the Hong Kong office and office staff. The office also housed the Nederlandsch Indische Handelsbank.

Holland China Trading Company: Hong Kong compradores office, 1918

Holland China Trading Company: Hong Kong office product department, 1918

Holland China Trading Company: Hong Kong office samples room, 1918

Holland-China Trading Company, Hong Kong office at 16 Des Voeux Road Central, 1918

Holland-China Trading Company: Guangzhou (Canton) office, 1918

Holland-China Trading Company: Hong Kong office, consignment department, 1918

Holland-China Trading Company: Portrait Hong Kong textile department staff, 1918

Holland-China Trading Company: Portrait of P. Stuijfbergen, Guangzhou office manager, 1918

Holland-China Trading Company: Portrait of unknown Hong Kong employee in samples room, 1918

Holland-China Trading Company: Portrait of Van Andel, Hong Kong office, 1918

Holland-China Trading Company: Portrait of Van den Poll at Guangzhou office, 1918

Portrait Holland-China Trading Company staff, Hong Kong office, 1918




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