𝐃𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐬/𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐠 – 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 – 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐆𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐄. 𝐊𝐚𝐮𝐥𝐟𝐮𝐬𝐬?
𝐻𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑎 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑜 𝑙𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑡 9, 𝐿𝑒𝑏𝑢ℎ 𝐹𝑎𝑟𝑞𝑢ℎ𝑎𝑟 𝑖𝑛 𝐺𝑒𝑜𝑟𝑔𝑒 𝑇𝑜𝑤𝑛.
Street scene of Lebuh Pantai circa 1900.
Many of us share photographs and postcards of old Penang on Facebook, to show what Penang looked like more than a century ago. Some of the photographs taken between 1880s to the early 1900s were snapped by August Kaulfuss, a German photographer.
Kaulfuss (also known as A. E. Kaulfuss, August Kaulfuss, A. Kaulfuss) arrived in Penang in 1883 and established the oldest European studio on the island at 9 Farquhar Street in George Town. He was also a royal photographer to Kedah monarch Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah in 1896.
A 1902 postcard produced by German photographer August Kaulfuss showing a Penang rickshaw puller with his passengers. PIX COURTESY OF ALAN TEH LEAM SENG source: https://www.nst.com.my/.../150-year-love-affair-postcard...
Capturing and promoting images of Penang was always treated with the utmost importance. His photographs depict developments around George Town, such as harbour and shipping activities, newly unveiled buildings and amenities, as well as modes of transportation and municipal advancements of the time.
The intrepid entrepreneur died in 1908 of heart failure and was buried at the Western Road Cemetery. The death announcement stated “27 Farquhar Street”, which could be his residence at the time, although we couldn’t find anyone to substantiate the fact.
Street scene of Weld Quay circa 1910.Credit: Malaysia Design Archive
Thanks to his work, we have visual evidences of how early Penang looked centuries ago.
 https://www.nst.com.my/.../150-year-love-affair-postcard  More Than Merchants: A History of the German-speaking Community in Penang By Salma Nasution Khoo  https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/.../straitstimes19080806-1...