Papan Tanda Mat Collection


Inspired by Malaya-Singapura’s disappearing iconic signboards and a way of preserving these small but significant memories in our homes.

Times of Malaya
Ipoh's first eight-page daily independent newspaper founded by J I Philips in 1903 focused on the mining, planting, and mercantile interest of the Federated Malay States (FMS) and the Straits Settlements till its merge with the Straits Echo in 1938. 

Kilang Ee Sin Soybean
In 40s up to the late 70s, many aerated water companies in Malaya and Singapura produced a wide range of carbonated and bottled drinks. Very few of these companies still exist but their tasty drinks continue to remain fresh in our memory.

Malayan Railways Limited Singapore Station
Malaya’s main railway line was first built to transport tin.  Operating under the name Federated Malay States Railways (FMSR) during the first half of the 20th century, it was later changed to Malayan Railways Limited in 1948 before acquiring its current name Keretapi Tanah Melayu in 1962. 

Port Weld Railway Station
Port Weld is Malaya’s first and oldest railway line. From 1885, it transported passengers and goods from Taiping to Port Weld and was dismantled in the 80s. 

Alhambra Theatre
In the 1950s, movie theatres were defined by their distinctive art deco exterior with striking facades and brightly lit letters. Since then, many of these buildings have been torn down or repurposed, unlikely to be revived to the buzzing popularity of their hey day.

Singapore Traction Co.
In 1925, Singapore Traction Co. became the major player of Singapore’s trolley bus network for 30 years before ceasing operations in December 1971.

New World Amusement Park
Built in the 1930s, prior to the arrival of the radio and television, amusement parks were largely a place for throwing parties and exciting entertainment.  Hugely popular up to the early 1960s, they gradually faded into obscurity with the advent of shopping centres, discos and television before closing for good in the 70s and 80s.

Singapore Steam Laundry
Operating since 1927, Singapore Steam Laundry Private Limited was solely responsible for washing all the linen from the Straits Steamship the 1930s. The company was later sold to Sime Darby Co Ltd in the 1950s before running out of steam in 1977.

Kee Huat Radio Pte. Ltd.
The simple radio played an essential role in 1940s Malaya as a tool for mass communication and morale building during the war. During this period, many radio companies offered radio consultation, installation and maintenance services since everyone depended on the radio for news and entertainment.

Penang Turf Club
Horse racing was introduced in Singapore and Malaya by the British in 1802. Even through the war, horse racing remained one of the only sports to remain undisrupted, albeit continuing on a very limited scale for public entertainment.

Malayan Airways
Established in 1947, Malayan Airways Limited (MAL), a joint ownership between Malaya and Singapore, offered flights between Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, and Penang. The airline ceased operations after 6 years in 1972 when both governments decided to set up their own respective national airlines.

60cm x 40cm
100% Polyester
Absorbent surface with anti-slip underlay for increased safety.

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