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Monday, March 24, 2008

Now... that's entertainment!

It's a portable movie box!! It was common in the 196os when TV was not affordable to the common folks. It's only available in the city area. The movie box is mounted on a tricycle which would be parked where crowds gathered.

Audience paid 5 cents for a few minutes of black and white silent movie or cartoon (Tom and Jerry). The more you pay, the longer you could watch. Can you imagine the number of people standing on each side of the box, watching movies? hehe.....

In the old days, after their dinners and baths, people would come out of their homes to seek some entertainment. Besides chit-chatting with friends and neighbours over a cuppa, they could....

watch a movie......

Listen to music (OMG! This is still in good working condition!)

watch a puppet show on the side walk.....

The best (and free) entertainment was to get the kids to sleep early and have your own little entertainment. It caused the population to boom. Having 7 to 12 children then was common. Then PM Lee Kuan Yuan had to come up with the 'Stop At Two' campaign. Today.... the Singapore government is worried about the decreasing population.


(Photos taken at Children Little Museum)

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