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1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

When you think of Afghanistan, you probably don\’t think of short skirts, nice cars and liberal lifestyles, but just as Iran looked very different in the 1970s, these fascinating pictures show that Afghanistan in the 1960s was a very different country than the one that exists today.

The pictures were taken by American university professor Dr. Bill Podlich, who in 1967 took a two-year leave of absence to work for UNESCO in Afghanistan. He served as the Expert of Principles of Education at the Higher Teachers College in Kabul, and during this time he took many photographs of life as it was back then. 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.

#1 Young Photographer At Paghman Gardens

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#2 Students At The Higher Teachers College Of Kabul

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#3 Kindergarten Dance

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#4 Afghan High School Girls

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#5 Education Under The Trees

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#6 Bus Trip

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#7 Big Sister

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#8Afghan Hound

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#9Decorating Cakes

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#10Sharing Tea & Music

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

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

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#12 Shopping For Scarves

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#13 Blonde & Afghans

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#14 Aisk Parking Lot

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#15 Kabul Gorge

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#15 Frying Up Dessert

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#16 Bus Driver

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

#17 Salang Pass Tunnel

1960’s Afghanistan Was Very Different Before The Taliban

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