SHANGHAI TRIP – 12th Day – 18 Sept 2007 (MY BIRTHDAY)

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Today is my birthday but still need to “WORK” 😦

As Michael will go to Hung Zhou tomorrow with his wife for holiday, so need to finish all the filming and interview by today,

Our interviewees for today are Mr Zhou Ren Da (The one who wears grey colour T-shirt) and his colleagues, Mr Wen Hai Liang (The old man) and Mr Aaron Xu (The one who wears in black). They are working for SHANGHAI HARTFORD INTERNATIONAL CORP.LTD. and SHANGHAI HARTFORD INTERNATIONAL is a toy company which doing export and manfacture toy business.

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Mr Wen is one of the directors of Shanghai Hartford. He is sharing his childhood stories with us.

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The staff are showing us what they are playing when young. ORIGAMI is one of their games.

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Michael is interviewing one of the staff. She is sharing her childhood day of 1970s.

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Mr Zhou was working in Shanghai Toys No.2 Factory as a TIN-PLATE PRINTER in 70s and as a SALES in 80s. Mr Zhou has left the No.2 Toy Factory and worked for his recent company, SHANGHAI HARTFORD INTERNATIONAL CORP.LTD. in 1990s.

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Mr Zhou hopes Museum of Shanghai Toys can hold the exhibition at Shanghai and he will be my 1st volunteer. Thank you, Mr Zhou.

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Our last and final interviewee for this SHANGHAI TRIP is Mr Qu. He was the chief artist of Shanghai Toys No.2 Factory since 1960s. Most of the packaging and the drawing (Toy Box Art) were done by him from 1960s to 1980s. When we reached his home, he is so excited and opens his bag and shows us what he designed for the past.

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Mr Qu decides to donate most of the box art to Museum of Shanghai Toys. He signs his name on all the packaging.

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Mr Wang also signs his name on one of the packaging as this toy was designed by him in 1960s.

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The HIPPO BATTERY OPERATED TIN TOYS was designed by Mr Wang in 1970s.

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We start to interview Mr Qu.

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After the interview, Mr Qu shows us his DESIGN AWARDS and decides to donate all of them to Museum of Shanghai Toys for collection. I promised him that I will treasure his donation. Thank you, Mr Qu.

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After finished our last interviewee for this Shanghai Trip, Michael, his wife and Emy bought me a BIRTHDAY DINNER.

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After dinner, Emy brought us to visit MANSION HOTEL. Mansion Hotel was reconstructed from the detach which owned by the ganster named WANG GIN RONG in 1930s. It is a MUST for any visitor who visits Shanghai in near future. 🙂

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We have drink at the hotel cafe on the 5th floor.

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  1. A special birthday with valuable donation of historical toy packaging and friends!


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