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[Photos] Saigon's Charm Through the Lens of an American Air Force Officer

Saigon has always been a muse for artists, musicians, poets and writers, inspiring some of their greatest works of art. However, the southern metropolis seems to be especially lively when seen through the lenses of photographers, who find the city’s bustling streets and vivifying colors very charming.

There’s not much information available about the man behind this particular photo collection, apart from his name and occupation. Leroy P. McCarty, a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force, was stationed in Saigon from March 1969 until March 1970.

During the year he spent in the city, he dedicated quite a bit of time to exploring every nook and cranny of downtown Saigon, documenting everything from crowds of shoppers in Ben Thanh Market to the slew of vintage storefronts on Dong Khoi Street.

Follow McCarty’s footsteps through Saigon's streets in 1970 in this photo album, courtesy of Flickr photo archivist extraordinaire manhhai, below:

[Photos via Flickr user manhhai]


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