霓虹+老店記錄 – 大華西藥房 neon and old shop record – dai wah pharmacy

2017.02.22 | 青山道240 號A 地下 castle peak road 240 a

比較起其他老區,如油麻地、深水埗、觀塘,都有相當的新樓或發展,長沙灣到今天感覺還是一貫歲月停留,馬路兩旁多幾層的樓房住宅,地面是街鋪,很有鄰里舊區的人氣。

這裡是青山道。從霓虹招牌的規模,以至樓宇上寶號的展示,大華西藥房應該經營年份和生意皆屬有份量。

在網上資料搜集,沒有什麼收穫。以上所說是從所見推論:樓宇外牆的寶號名牌,是以紙皮石嵌入牆身;中文的書寫由右至左。而霓虹招牌除了面積大,在藥房符號標示外,還加上一行字宣示正統藥房身份。

compare to other old districts, cheung sha wan along castle peak road is relatively untouched. this stretch of the busy centre is still sandwiched by old buildings with quite many old shops and eateries running on the ground level of the walk-up blocks. the scenery stays pretty much the same for decades. 

tried researching this particular pharmacy online but failed. can’t even find the english registered name, so the name using here is my translation.

adore all the details and possibly minor things to many that create our street-scape. the government has been trying to get rid of neon light and big signboards on the street for the reason of safety, that i agree with the intention, but the cruel truth is that our charismatic and living history are being wiped out at the same time.

back to this shop. the neon light is big, which implies that this pharmacy must be doing quite well, or did well. the interesting thing is that it added a line of chinese, stressing that this store has official pharmacists servicing.

another lovely signage is on the facade. the name of the pharmacy is actually a mosaic work on the wall and the chinese read from right to left that underlines the older fashion of shop name display in hong kong. this is one of the important clues telling me this is an old shop.

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