Item description for Vintage Singapore by May-Anne Ong...
A retrospective of the recent past, Vintage Singapore evokes a strong sense of nostalgia and highlights the continuous rebirth of old familiar styles. Focusing on the post-war years, the National Museum of Singapore has collected objects of the everyday and, seen together in this book, they remind us of the exciting and stylish decades of the late twentieth century. The book is divided into 5 chapters, based on the Singapore Scene, Singapore Dining, Singapore Childhood, Singapore Style and Singapore Home. The collection spans ephemera from cinemas, coffee shops, school days, fashion and home-related artifacts. Presented in a colourful and stylish design, a "retro" and nostalgic feel gives the reader a reminder of days not long past.
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Studio: Didier Millet
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Dec 25, 2006
Publisher Editions Didier Millet
ISBN 9814217018 ISBN13 9789814217019
Reviews - What do customers think about Vintage Singapore?
A Mesmerizing Resource for Exploring Asian-American Cultural Influences Feb 7, 2008
I discovered this fascinating book in a Singapore museum bookstore and immediately bought a copy, after flipping through its pages. As a journalist, for decades, I've carefully observed the shifting winds of global culture -- sometimes toward the U.S. and sometimes toward other lands.
"Vintage Singapore" is vividly illustrated with 20th-century images and artifacts from the National Museum of Singapore, mainly exploring cultural influences from the 1950s to the 1970s. In the 1950s, Singapore still was struggling to recover from Japanese occupation in World War II. By the 1970s, Singapore was an independent island-nation, trying to define its own identity in the world.
Teachers and students of media, cross-cultural issues, anthropology, popular culture -- and international relations -- will find the book intriguing. Even if you're not directly engaged in research or education, the book is simply cool to explore -- filled with vintage images of toys, fashions, movie memorabilia and a host of other consumer products.
Thanks to the Singapore museum for sharing such a colorful slice of their 20th-century collections with the larger world!