This little marvel of what I first thought was a little toy shop, is actually a tiny museum of sorts. It’s within Kampong Glam in a little shophouse on 42 Bussorah Street. You can’t miss it. Look out for the robot, which back then we all thought each kid would have as a companion in a too distant to conceive of, Millenium future. I even thought that there would be robots doing your homework for you like in the TV show ‘Small wonder’. But I never imagined an ipad or the internet.
I am itching to add the apostrophe s to the name of this museum, but then again, it makes the museum truly one of a kind.
If you were a kid between the 50’s and 70’s in Singapore, you can find your childhood here. You just need to fork out S$2 per person, and depending on how nostalgic you are, it’ll be worth it. Just don’t be disappointed if the museum is really tiny – just a room upstairs – but so packed with vintage Singapore, you can’t help be a little impressed.
Let’s start with the beautiful refrigerators. When I first entered the museum this was the first thing that caught my eye – the fridge. I just fell in love with this old turquoise American fridge. It’s just so gorgeous compared to the humongous and gadget packed ones we have now and the handle of the Kelvinator is so unique. Yes, even the name is so much cooler and my grandparents used to have one before I was born. The Kelvinator which was so famous then, was introduced into the US market back in 1916. It was acquired by Electrolux of Sweden in the 80’s. And here I was thinking Electrolux was a US brand as well.
There was another little area outside and there was another vintage fridge in the most gorgeous red. This beauty was an Electrolux. Did you have one as a kid? I think these are more works of art than functional. Although they seem to be able to keep your drinks cold.
I can feel the optimism of 50’s America in this vintage Kelvinator TV ad. What a time to live.
I adored this vintage phone as well. I miss the thrill of dialling each number.