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Not long ago; or, Little by little (8): Singapore market, early 1970s

Screenshot from Singapore, My Singapore

This and other scenes from Singapore in the 70s in Singapore, My Singapore highlights how much places and cultures can change in a generation.

Also: the streets and markets you see in the video could just as well be shots from Jakarta in the 2010s and 2020s. To paraphrase Ian Gibson, “the past is still here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.”

Or how about this shot of Pulau Brani in the 60s:

Screenshot from Singapore 1960s

See also:

Little By Little 1: Raymond Briggs on 1940s Britain
Little By Little 2: Li Kunwa on indoor plumbing in 1980s China
Little By Little 3: Scarcity and Subsistence in rural Suffolk in the 1900s
Little By Little 4: Dolly Parton on the scar on her toes (rural poverty in 1950s Tennessee)
Not long ago; or, Little by little (5): Tyler Cowen on progress in living standards since 1900
Not long ago; or, Little by little (6): New York Tenement, 1889
Not long ago; or, Little by little (7): Fred Dibnah, Steeplejack – health and safety edition


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