An Opium Den In Singapore, 1941

Published May 2, 2013
Updated September 1, 2017

1941 Singapore Opium Den

Despite being targeted by law enforcement across the globe at the start of the 20th century, opium and opium dens were prevalent fixtures in east Asia, the United States, and Europe up until the mid-1950’s. In the above photograph, opium smokers in Singapore relax in a sparsely furnished opium den, suggesting that the clientele were mostly working class.

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