Life of Afghanistan in 1960s

These fascinating photographs of Afghanistan in the 1960s [before Taliban] are far from the harrowing images from the current war in that country because of the Taliban , who came to power in 1996. According to the “Daily Mail“, the revealing images were taken by Bill Podlich , that changed life in America to travel to Kabul with his wife, Margaret, and two teenage daughters, Jan and Peg. The images were taken in 1967 when the university professor was part of Unesco and worked at the Higher Teachers College Kabul. He was an amateur photographer and set out to document their way of life in Afghanistan .

Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict
Jan and Peg Podlich in Paghman Gardens that war destroyed (Photo: Dr William Podlich )

While he taught his daughters attended classes at the American International School of Afghanistan , which had large numbers of American and foreign students because their parents lived and worked in the country.

The collection is owned by Peg’s husband, Clayton Esterson, who recognizes the historical importance of images.

“Many Afghans have written comments (on the website) showing its appreciation for the photographs, which show how his country was 33 years before the war,” he said.

Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict
A class in the garden (Photo: Dr William Podlich )
Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict
Both men and women received secondary education (Photo: Dr William Podlich )

Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict

Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict
Bakery Boy
Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict
Young Afghans enjoying tea and music (Photo: Dr William Podlich )

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Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict
Children at recess (Photo: Dr William Podlich )

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Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict
Way to work (Photo: Dr William Podlich )
Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict
Frying jalebi, a traditional dessert (Photo: Dr William Podlich )

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Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict
Rush Hour in Kabul (Photo: Dr William Podlich )
Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict
His daughter Peg Podlich and local (Photo: Dr William Podlich )
Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict
Tang-i-Gharoo, gorge near Kabul (Photo: Dr William Podlich )
Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict
Sisters of hand (Photo: Dr William Podlich )

Afghanistan in the 60s before the conflict

Source – Pbase, Boardpanda, Dailymail

 

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