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Please note: RPS House is closed for our exhibition install. We will be open again from 10am on Friday 9th August 2024.

Other photography

We'll be showcasing other photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the new RPS Collection here. Check back regularly to see recent additions.  

Whiteway, Laidlaw & Co. Ltd, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia
From a a series of negatives of Malaysia c.1920s

Whiteway, Laidlaw & Co. Ltd was founded in 1882. It was a department store chain originally established in Calcutta and in twenty other cities in India, along with branches in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai. It was nicknamed 'the Selfridges of the East' and remained in business until 1962.

The Kuala Lumpur store was located at Java Street, now Jalan Tun Perak.