A series of government archival photographs from 1968 have revealed how Kowloon Motor Bus drivers relied on ramshackle canteens at bus terminals in the Kowloon East Sub-District. The makeshift roadside canteens at the end of designated routes each offered food and beverage refreshments for their staff.
Hung Hom Ferry Terminus:
The canteen at the Hung Hom Ferry Terminus. It is a temporary wood-built structure, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
Side view of the canteen structure, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
Close-up of the side door and interior of the canteen, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
View of the rear of the structure and toilets, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
A close-up of the front door and part of the interior of the canteen, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
Kowloon City Ferry Terminus:
Side view of the bus used as a stationary canteen for serving liquid refreshment only. The guy ropes holding it secure can be seen, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
A close-up of the front door of the bus canteen showing the sign inside which says “K.M.B. Workers General Union Refreshment Canteen”, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
The other side of the bus showing the continuation of the mooring guy ropes and the stacked crates of soft drinks, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
Another view of the same canteen, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
The canteen at the Kowloon City Ferry Terminus serving food only. It is a rough structure of wood and corrugated iron sheets, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
A closer view of the interior of the canteen showing the sign which says “For Staff Only”, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
Choi Hung Bus Terminus:
Choi Hung Bus Terminus Canteen, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
Wang Tau Hom Bus Terminus:
Wang Tau Hom Bus Terminus Canteen, 1968. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
Tsz Wan Shan Bus Terminus and Tai O Mun Bus Terminus:
Tze Wan Shan Bus Terminus Canteen, 1968 (left), Tai O Mun Bus Terminus Canteen, 1968 (right). Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service. Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.
Ngau Tau Kok Bus Terminus and Kwun Tong Ferry Bus Terminus:
The Bus Canteen at Jordan Valley – Jordan Valley North Road / N.T.K. Road. Bus Routes No. 2A & 6D, 1968 (left), The Bus Canteen at Kwun Tong Ferry Bus Terminus – Hoi Bun Road, Bus Routes No. 5B, 13B, 13C & 14B, 1968 (right). Photo: Public Records Office, Government Records Service.

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