Where: Any ideas? The location isn't written on either the front or back of the postcard, but I'm hoping someone can recognise it. The conical hill in the background looks like the most obvious landmark - hopefully that will trigger someone's memory.
Maybe it wasn't even taken in Hong Kong, but fingers crossed it was.
UPDATE: Thanks to reader J, who has identified the location:
I thought this looked more like Kowloon Peak when viewed from Shau Kei Wan / Aldrich Bay. That faint mound behind the peak and to its left would then be Tate's Cairn and somewhere just below the ridge line is where Jat's Incline and Sha Tin Pass Road meet today.
What: There's a harbour full of sampans, and the masts in the distance suggest there are larger sailing boats in the harbour too.
It looks as though the photographer was on the shoreline, looking across mud to the water. There are buildings on stilts too - could it be Tai O?
Who: Good question - there's no sign of anyone.
When: The date is approximate, but in the right ballpark as we can be sure it was printed sometime between 1918 and 1930. The clue isn't in the picture above, instead we need to turn it over and look at the back:
It's what's known as a "Real Photo Postcard", or RPPC. The front picture was printed using a photographic process, and the back of the photographic paper had postcard markings pre-printed on it.
Next look at the Stamp Box:
We can see they used Kodak's "AZO" paper, commonly used for contact printing this type of postcard. Next by the wonders of the internet we find there were several different versions of this paper, identified by the symbols in the corners of the box. We've got the "Two triangles pointing up and two triangles down" variety, listed as in use between 1918 and 1930. I've guessed a date somewhere in the middle.
Reference: C001 (previously: PC01E)