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March 24, 2022

Singapore in the Late 1970s Through Fascinating Photos

With the economic boom of the late 1960s and 1970s, new jobs were created in the private sector. The government provision of subsidized housing, education, health services and public transportation generated new jobs in the public sector. The Central Provident Fund, the country’s comprehensive social security scheme sustained by compulsory contributions by employer and employee, provided the necessary capital for government projects and financial security for the country’s workers in their old age.

By late 1970s, the government changed its strategic focus to skill and technology-intensive, high value-added industries and away from labor-intensive manufacturing. In particular, information technology was given priority for expansion and Singapore became the world’s largest producer of disk drives and disk drive parts in 1989.

These fascinating photos from genibee captured street scenes of Singapore in the late 1970s.

Hill Street Central Fire Station, Singapore, 1978

Hill Street Central Fire Station, Singapore, 1978

Hill Street Central Fire Station, Singapore, 1978

Hill Street Central Fire Station, Singapore, 1978

Hill Street, Singapore, 1978

River Valley Road and Mohd Sultan Road, Singapore, 1978

River Valley Road near intersection with Mohd Sultan Road, Singapore, 1978

River Valley Road near Mohd Sultan Road, Singapore, 1978

River Valley Road, Singapore, 1978

River Valley Road. The tallest building on the left is the OCBC Building completed in the mid-1970s, Singapore, 1978

Shophouses on River Valley Road, Singapore, 1978

Shophouses, Singapore, 1978

Singapore ice cream vendor, 1978

Singapore movie billboards, 1978-79

Singapore movie billboards, 1978-79

Singapore skyline, 1978

Singapore skyline, 1978

Boats and buildings, Singapore, circa 1970s

Boats, Singapore, circa 1970s

Boats, Singapore, circa 1970s

Boats, Singapore, circa 1970s

Park in Singapore, circa 1970s

Singapore apartments, circa 1970s

Singapore buildings, circa 1970s

Singapore street scenes, circa 1970s

Singapore street scenes, circa 1970s




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