Fascinating 1960s Photos Show How Afghanistan Was Very Different & Full of Life Before The Taliban

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The Kabul in William Podlich’s photographs is an almost unrecognizable place — a bustling capital of nattily attired men and women, many wearing Western dress; modern cars; and green parks.A place where women — Afghans and foreigners — could freely walk the streets. A peaceful place where tourists, unconcerned for their safety, could take buses to the major historic sites in the country or across the border to Pakistan.

image credit:  DrBill Podlich

In 1967, Podlich, a professor at Arizona State University, began a two-year stint in Afghanistan with UNESCO, teaching at the Higher Teachers College in Kabul. He brought along his wife, Margaret, and Peg and Jan, his two teenaged daughters. Podlich, an amateur photographer, recorded his adventures in hundreds of photographs that his family is now sharing with the world.

#1 Young Photographer At Paghman Gardens

image credit:  DrBill Podlich

#2 Students At The Higher Teachers College Of Kabul

image credit:  DrBill Podlich

#3 Afghan High School Girls

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#4 Bus Trip

image credit:  DrBill Podlich

Podlich retired from Arizona State in 1981 and died in 2008 at the age of 92. “When I look at my dad’s photos, I remember Afghanistan as a country with thousands of years of history and culture,” Peg Podlich told “The Denver Post

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#5 Rush Hour

image credit:  DrBill Podlich

#6 Hanging Out At The American International School Of Kabul (aisk)

image credit:  DrBill Podlich

#7 Blonde & Afghans

image credit:  DrBill Podlich

#8 Salang Pass Tunnel

image credit:  DrBill Podlich

The Soviets invaded only a decade later and Afghanistan was pulled into war, and following Taliban rule and the US invasion in 2001, the country now bears little resemblance to the peaceful and prosperous nation that you can see in these pictures below.

SOURCErferl.org
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