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[Photos] Scenes in 1964 Saigon, Ben Tre, Bien Hoa on Film

In 1964, Saigon’s Phu Dong Roundabout didn’t feature the towering bronze statue of folk hero Thanh Giong. Instead of the congestion hot spot the intersection is known as today, it was actually spacious and airy, with nary a shop or bubble tea parlor in sight.

These film shots, taken by American serviceman Chris Newlon Green, are perhaps some of the most well-preserved and –composed images of 1960s Vietnam that we’ve come across: arty night shots with light painting, intimate portraits, and expansive landscapes: Green shows a knack for photography, aided by the roll of film’s incredible colors.

Follow the chronicles of Green’s stay in Vietnam through the photos below:

Phu Dong Roundabout.

The intersection between Tran Hung Dao (right) and Tran Phu (left).

Downtown Saigon from above.

The De Tham-Tran Hung Dao intersection.

Mekong Delta children.

The holiday home of Madame Tran Le Xuan in Ben Tre.

A villa in Ben Tre.

A bird's-eye view of Vung Tau.

A Vietnamese lady in Long Hai.

An inter-province bus in the Mekong Delta.

A ferry taking commuters from My Tho to Ben Tre.

Bien Hoa from above.

A rubber plantation in Bien Hoa.

The central roundabout of Ben Tre.

A railroad bridge in Ben Tre.

Vinh Kim Market in Chau Thanh, Tien Giang Province.

Going across towns by boat was and still is a common aspect of life in the Mekong Delta.

[Top photo: Phu Dong Roundabout at night/Photos vis Redsvn]


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