National Geographic : 1962 Jan
EKTACHROMEBY BRIAN BRAKE, MAGNUM(BOTTOM), KODACHROME BY MELVILLEBELL GROSVENOR(TOP), AND HS EKTACHROMEBYJOHN SCOFIELD © N.G .S . Human Van Transports Stools, Children's Chairs, and Gocarts Hong Kong makes or can make almost any article used by anyone, anywhere. Eying the needs of various parts of the world, the Crown Colony ships drip-dry shirts to the United States, cotton cloth to Africa, knit wear to Southeast Asia, and woolens to Europe. When expensive plastic flowers found favor on Fifth Avenue, Hong Kong jumped into the market and produced inex pensive ones for American 10-cent stores and supermarkets. Although many factories work under one roof, others form a sort of assembly line in which craftsmen in cubbyhole shops turn out parts for a single manufactured item. These chairs may have been cut in one place, glued together in another, and painted here in Tai Po, New Territories. Chinese lanterns advertise a New Year's sale at Daimaru, the colony's newest de partment store. Branch of a Japanese firm, the glass-faced establishment sponsors an international fair that displays new prod ucts from all countries. Dolls fail to keep baby awake, but the "Moon Explorer" fascinates parents shop ping for toys at Daimaru.