Wednesday, November 11, 2020

[Photos] Exploring Downtown Saigon Via These 10 Snapshots From the 1970s


 School girls strike a pose!

What are the people in these photos doing today?

Do you ever wonder that when you look at old photos of a place? What became of their lives? Did they notice that they were being photographed? Are you one of the people in question?

Taken by Dick Leonhardt in Saigon across 1971 and 1972, this brief collection depicts a city on the precipice of major historical shifts, though in some ways they look like they could've been taken yesterday: people shop at street markets, students enjoy the zoo, and so on.

Of course, there isn't a bubble tea shop, skyscraper or Maltese-Venezuelan fusion restaurant in sight, but maybe in the grand scheme of things we aren't really that different from our forebears.

Take a jaunt around Saigon and ponder what has changed — and what hasn't — in the last five decades.

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