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Finishing touches

A five-foot-way cobbler at work in 1955. Five-foot-way traders were craftsmen who conducted their businesses in shophouse walkways that were five feet, or 1.5m, wide. These walkways were meant to protect pedestrians from the sun and rain.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2019, with the headline 'Finishing touches'. Print Edition | Subscribe