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[Photos] Walk Down the Streets of Saigon in 1969


How often are we treated to the spectacle that is 1969 Saigon and Vietnam from above?

This collection of old film photos of Vietnam taken by American John Rellis gives us a peek of Saigon’s street life in the late 1960s. In his shots, the city deviates from our current perception of the metropolis as a bustling town filled to the brim with activity and people. Quaint neighborhoods and empty intersections conjure up an idea of a sleepier Saigon under muted tones and grainy appearance.

Apart from street photography in Saigon, Rellis also took his trusty camera with him on helicopter rides, which resulted in some precious captures of the city as well as other localities like Da Nang, Bien Hoa.

See what Vietnam was like in 1969 below:

Le Duan Street at dawn (above) and at dusk (below).

The corner of Hong Thap Tu Street (now Nguyen Thi Minh Khai) and Pasteur Street.

Áo dài was more popular as streetwear in the past than now.

The corner of Cong Ly Street (now Nam Ky Khoi Nghia) and Hong Thap Tu Street (now Nguyen Thi Minh Khai).

A neighborhood in suburban Saigon.

The Hang Xanh Intersection.

The Cong Ly-Yen Do intersection (now Nam Ky Khoi Nghia-Ly Chinh Thang).

Another angle of the Hang Xanh Intersection.

The Alexandre de Rhodes-Pasteur intersection.

A military structure in Can Tho.

Vung Tau.

Bien Hoa.

Da Nang.

Ly Thai To Street in District 10.

The Binh Khanh Jetty in Nga Be District.

District 5.

A national highway just outside of Saigon.

Da Nang.

Storage areas in Nha Be.

Vung Tau.

[Photos via Flickr user manhhai]

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