Motorbikes and buffalo carts, marching bands and xích lô.
It's a cliche at this point to remark on the rapidity of change in modern Saigon, but the introduction of new products, styles, trends and technologies isn't new. Rather, the city has been undergoing drastic alterations for decades. These photos taken in 1966 chronicle such transitions, exemplified by the variety of vehicles, clothing and even shopping experiences from different eras all occupying the same frame.
Sergeant Peter "Rupy" Ruplenas was an official army photographer, and the American set his camera on a wide variety of subjects, including rural and urban daily life and the military presence. At the time, Saigon was home to wet markets and sleek pharmacies, the latest cars and rickety wooden homes perched precariously over waterways. They serve as a good reminder that the juxtaposition of modern and traditional we witness every day has long been a staple of the city.
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