The house of a tailor. They were able to see the tools that a tailor used to make formal suits for men.
The tailor used a sewing machine for efficiency.
Babies were put in a sarong and the children had tricyles to play with while their parents worked at the sewing machine.
Kitchens were usually located at the back of the shophouse. Wood was used to start the fire for cooking.
The hole in the ground was the toilet used in the past. The night soil collector would come by at night to collect all the pee and poop.
There were no shower heads. Everyone would take the amount of water that they needed into the shower.
Washing boards were used to wash clothes.
The room of a clog maker. A clog maker made the clogs he sold in the room that he sleeps in.
The room of a physician. An abacus was used to make calculations.
The room of a physician. The physician's family lived in this room too.
The room for ma jies. Majies were ladies who worked as domestic servants and housekeepers. They wore a white long sleeved top with black pants.
This cubicle was shared by four ma jies.
The room of a trishaw rider.
Trishaw riders wore straw hats while they worked to protect themselves from the sun.
Many people from China came to Singapore, on a boat, to work.
A group of men, also known as coolies, had to lift heavy sacks as their job. The children tried in pairs to lift a sack of rice with a pulley.
Teachers, in the past, used canes as pointers and to discipline children who were misbehaving.
As not everyone could afford their own television, many would look watch the chinese opera.
All characters had different make up and costumes on to show their different roles.
Children who wanted to watch a cartoon had to look for the cinema on wheels. For a few cents, they could watch a short cartoon through the little windows.
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