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Things Are Not What They Seem

Reviewing: Singapore Photographer Vintage Bugis Street Photos  |  Rating:
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These souvenir photographs were popular mementos for tourists to Bugis Street in Singapore in the 1950s through 1980s.

Bugis Street was a night time eating and party area which attracted many foreigners for food, drinks, and unconventional entertainment (think 'La Cage Aux Folles').

The entertainment in the Bugis Street area was particularly popular with sailors, military personnel, and airline employees. Word of mouth and photos like these made the area known throughout the world.

Most of the photos are 8.5 by 12.5 centimeters. Most has rounded corners, some are glossy and others are matte finished. Some are on stock labeled 'Fujicolor Paper', others are on unbranded paper. Interestingly, the photos on the unbranded stock seem to have experienced less fading of their colors. Some other examples of my Vintage Bugis Street Photos can be seen on my website.

The majority of the photos are obviously posed. Many are of individual 'girls' but there are also groups of two, three, or more. While most are seductive or fashion oriented poses, many also seem to reflect the sense of humor on the part of the photographer and the girls.

Included in my collection are original hard copy photos of the rather famous "Dance of the Flamers". This was a strange ritual popular among Australian sailors involving strategically placed newspaper which was lit of fire.

Bugis Street gained a bit of additional exposure from the movie "Yao Jie Huang Hou" (also known as 'Bugis Street') which was made in the 90's.

Almost everybody seems to enjoy my collection of vintage Bugis Street Souvenir Photos.