(1.-above) As described by Dennis
Conklin (Shulinkou 1959-61): "...This was Hagglers' Row ("Chung Hua Lu") in 1959. Its days were numbered when the picture was taken. Barely visible behind the godowns are the gray concrete buildings being constructed [see next photo] to replace everything you see in the foreground. The "new" buildings are all gone today, replaced by a third generation of modern structures."
(2.-above) 1970 shot of the large Haggler's Row building that opened in 1961. The new building, completed and opened in 1961, with its myriad of storefronts and shops replaced all the small shops located in the old Haggler's Row shopping area shown in the previous photo taken in 1959. The Haggler's Row building was demolished on October 20, 1992.
(Photo on Right-Click to Enlarge) Taiwan's gross national product increased by 10.3% in 1968 over 1967. Taiwan had consistently experienced strong economic growth averaging more than 10% a year since the early 1950s.
(1.-above) This 1970 photo shows the intersection of Chungshan North Road and Min Chuan West/East Road (left to right) and the building that housed the "Paradise House Handicraft & Art" store. The "Pillbox" (see photo below) where the Dawgs caught the Linkou Bus is visible in the center of the photo across the intersection on the corner behind the railing and below the "Paradise House" store sign. The San Francisco Club on Min Chuan West Road is visible on the far left next to the "Paradise House". The King's Hotel was on the other corner off to the far left. Wu-Chou's massage parlor (not visible) was located just beyond the bus (far right) on Chungshan N. Road.
(Photo on Left-Click to Enlarge) March 2011 shot of the building shown in the 1970 photo above on the left. The San Francisco Club was located in the building on the far left with the red sign. The covered entrance to the underground walkway tunnel under the intersection is visible on the corner. The Pillbox was removed sometime in the mid to late 1970s.
(2.) 1970 shot looking south on Chungshan N. Road in the direction of the Taipei Government Center and Shimending. On the right is the King's Hotel at the intersection of 150 Chungshan N. Road and Min Chuan W. Road with the "Pillbox" on the corner across the street (far right). In the background is the Central Hotel with its revolving rooftop restaurant and lounge located on Chungshan N. Road.
1.) The "Pillbox" where Dawg Flight would catch the Linkou Bus up to the Hill. Chungshan North Road and its shops are in the background
2.) A jewelry store shown in the previous photo located on Chungshan N. Road right across from the "Pillbox".
3.) April 1958 shot of one of the many book stores located throughout Taipei. "Pirated" books and records were sold in Taiwan for only a few $NT...a fraction of U.S. prices.
1.) 1970 shot taken from the Pillbox (see photo above) on the corner looking across and north on Chungshan North Road ("Chungshan Pae Lu") in the direction of the Linkou Club and East/West Compounds located a few blocks further north in the distance. The Oasis Hotel, located at 185 Chungshan N. Road, is in the right background (next to second bus) with its sign on top. The hotel had a popular Italian Restaurant, one of the few in the city, on its lobby-level. Wu-Chou's Massage Parlor (off to the left of photo) was across the street from the Oasis Hotel. "HoJo's" famous noodle stand was located on a narrow street right behind the hotel.
2.) Peddler carts, taxis, pedicabs, motorcycles and bicycles were only permitted in the chaotic outer lanes next to the sidewalks on both sides of Chungshan N. and Min Chuan Roads. 1970 shot was taken on Min Chuan W. Road in front of the King's Hotel and across from the Pillbox (to the far left) at the busy intersection of Min Chuan and Chungshan N. Roads. Chungshan North Road and its shops (see previous photo) are visible in the upper left background.
A 1970 shot of Taipei's "Big Benjo" (open sewer) at Jianguo Road from the pedestrian bridge crossing it. The sluice gates seen in the middle of the benjo were used for the purpose of building a head of water. The gates would then be opened and the large volume of water would flush out the sewage system that eventually emptied into the polluted Keelung River.
(1.) A pick-up zone for the city's abundant "Bluebird" taxi cabs (1966 YLN Datsun Bluebird in foreground) outside of the MAAG/HSA East Compound on Chungshan North Road in downtown Taipei.   (2.) A 1970 view from a rear bus window of Min Chuan East Road. Bike and taxi pick-up lanes are shown on the far left and right.   (3.) Factory photo of a 1967 Datsun YLN 705B ("Bluebird").