Remembering life in Fullerton Building on its 90th anniversary

(From left) Ms Sandra Liew, Ms Judy Tam, Madam Tan Lat Neo and her husband Robert Lim, and Ms Cynthia Low , all of whom worked at the former General Post Office in the Fullerton Building, which is now The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. The hotel is colle
(From left) Ms Sandra Liew, Ms Judy Tam, Madam Tan Lat Neo and her husband Robert Lim, and Ms Cynthia Low , all of whom worked at the former General Post Office in the Fullerton Building, which is now The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. The hotel is collecting memories of life in the building and is hoping more people will come forward with their stories.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI
Counters at the former General Post Office in the Fullerton Building and two stamp safes (right).
Counters at the former General Post Office in the Fullerton Building and two stamp safes (right).PHOTO: COURTESY OF NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SINGAPORE

Hard to imagine perhaps, but in the 1990s, before mobile phones became a common feature, sailors landing in Singapore had to rush to the General Post Office (now The Fullerton Hotel Singapore) to make calls to their loved ones overseas.

They would line up for handwritten queue numbers issued by telecommunications operators and make the calls from five or so phone booths on the ground floor of the building.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2018, with the headline 'Remembering life in Fullerton Building on its 90th anniversary'. Print Edition | Subscribe