quarta-feira, 17 de julho de 2013

Verão de 1980 por Leroy W. Demery Jr.

Largo do Senado
Av. Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida (ao Tap Seac)
Istmo Taipa-Coloane
Nos milhares de imagens que já vi de Macau de outros tempos, algumas que estão neste post não são propriamente novidade. O que é novo é o facto de ter encontrado - e agradeço ao Namorado Freire - finalmente o autor das mesmas. Leroy W. Demery Jr. tirou dezenas de fotografias em apenas um dia que passou por Macau. Foi no Verão de 1980. Mais propriamente no dia 16 de Julho de 1980.
Baía da Praia Grande: vista sobre a colina da Penha
Macau visto a partir da Taipa 
Troço da rua da Praia Grande
Largo do Senado: av. San Ma Lou
Templo de A-Ma (Barra)
Palacete de Santa Sancha
Moradias na Av. Cons. Ferreira de Almeida
Casa memorial Sun Iat Sen
Praia de Hác-Sá

In the summer of 1980, Leroy W. Demery, Jr., an expert in Asian transportation, visited the country (then still a Portuguese protectorate) and documented his journey.
"I traveled by overnight ferry from Hong Kong to Macao, spent the day (1980 July 16) in Macao, then returned to Hong Kong by overnight ferry. "Overnight ferry" for a 60 km distance? Yes, one boarded the vessel about 10 p.m. The fare included a bunk in an air-conditioned dormitory - "Spartan" but very comfortable. The vessel sailed after midnight and certainly arrived within 3-4 hours. Passengers were awakened at about 6 a.m., as I remember. Yes, catamarans and jetfoils were much faster, but fares were higher, and the overnight ferry permitted one to save the cost of overnight accommodation.
Macao, in 1980, was quiet. Very quiet. It had a distinct "small town" atmosphere that contrasted sharply with the Central District of nearby Hong Kong. Much has changed since then. Remarkably, the land area has nearly doubled, from about 16 square km to nearly 29 square km. Many of the images in this set are certainly "vanished scenes." I regret that do not have a 1980 street map of Macao, and so am not able to locate some of these images."

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