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.


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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.

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#2 Students At The Higher Teachers College Of Kabul

Students At The Higher Teachers College Of Kabul

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GingerFalconbury 1 year ago

Look at the sparkle in the girl in the blue shirts eyes.

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#4 Co-education

Co-education

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ViktorBoyanov 1 year ago

the girl on the left looking at the camera, amazing picture!

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#5 Afghan High School Girls

Afghan High School Girls

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Michel Guntern 11 months ago

So self-confident.

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#6 Education Under The Trees

Education Under The Trees

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OrionH. 1 year ago

Looks like a really calming photo

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#7 Bus Trip

Bus Trip

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ShaudaySmith 1 year ago

dude in the center looks like he is about to sell us some nice cologne. dem eyes...

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#8 Big Sister

Big Sister

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SaskiaGoh 1 year ago

Looks a lot like kourtney kardashian

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#9 Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

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SarahMcRae 1 year ago

Aw, I have always wanted an Afghan dog since I saw a photo of one when I was younger! They look gorgeous!

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#11 Decorating Cakes

Decorating Cakes

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FrankGoodman 1 year ago

It's the Middle East 50+ years ago, what kind of hygiene do you expect?

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#12 Sharing Tea & Music

Sharing Tea & Music

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ChrissyKulp 1 year ago

How break in the day should be!

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#14 Shopping For Scarves

Shopping For Scarves

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Victoria Howard 9 months ago

This would be me...buy them all!

#15 Blonde & Afghans

Blonde & Afghans

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DianePeters 1 year ago

The way looks they are giving her would make me uncomfortable if I were her.

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#16 Aisk Parking Lot

Aisk Parking Lot

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FrimpongPoku-Dankwa 1 year ago

The hills provide an AWESOME backdrop

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#17 Kabul Gorge

Kabul Gorge

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FrimpongPoku-Dankwa 1 year ago

very picturesque

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#19 Bus Driver

Bus Driver

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GuyMeylan 1 year ago

Bus from Kabul to Panchir? if I can still read persian!

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#20 Salang Pass Tunnel

Salang Pass Tunnel

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Sykes 1 year ago

Pretty much everyone is smiling and laughing in the background

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