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FYI SOUTH Magazine, March 2004.

Lao Dong Xi

168, WuFu 1st Rd., ShinShing, Kaohsiung City
(07) 223-7809
Hours:11 am-8 pm

       A stone's throw from the intersection with MinChiuan 1st Road, Mr. Wu--a dealer in antique works of art, books and other curios--has opened a small store whose name means, literally, "Old Things." The "old things" are all items which, half a century or more ago, were ordinary household objects, but which now--because of their scarcity or quaint appearance--excite collectors. Pieces here are not especially cheap, but not so expensive that ordinary collectors will feel priced out. For a small but almost mint-condition album of black-and-white photos taken in and around Taroko Gorge in 1955, this writer was quoted NT$1,500. There are several pieces of furniture in the store. There are also maps and formal photographs (weddings, funerals, and graduation ceremonies) from the Japanese colonial era, cups and glasses issued to commemorate events, colorful decades-old biscuit tins, and even perfectly-preserved labels taken from pineapple cans which bear the English words "Formosa, Japan." --By Steven Crook

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