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.

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#1 Young Photographer At Paghman Gardens

Young Photographer At Paghman Gardens

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GingerFalconbury 5 months ago

They looked so free.

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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 5 months ago

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

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#3 Kindergarten Dance

Kindergarten Dance

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GingerFalconbury 5 months ago

Adorable

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#4 Co-education

Co-education

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ViktorBoyanov 5 months 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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CarmenPark 4 months ago

RoxaneLevac, your shriveled heart needs some evolution as well as your brain, but I shan't hold my breath.

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#6 Education Under The Trees

Education Under The Trees

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OrionH. 5 months ago

Looks like a really calming photo

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#7 Bus Trip

Bus Trip

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ShaudaySmith 5 months 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 5 months ago

Looks a lot like kourtney kardashian

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#9 Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

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SarahMcRae 5 months ago

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

#10 Rush Hour

Rush Hour

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RichardPetch 5 months ago

And British cars.

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#11 Decorating Cakes

Decorating Cakes

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FrankGoodman 5 months 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 5 months ago

How break in the day should be!

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

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

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JaneTurnerWhitaker 5 months ago

I attended this school from 1959-1962 Amazing

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#14 Shopping For Scarves

Shopping For Scarves

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#15 Blonde & Afghans

Blonde & Afghans

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DianePeters 5 months 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 5 months ago

The hills provide an AWESOME backdrop

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#17 Kabul Gorge

Kabul Gorge

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FrimpongPoku-Dankwa 5 months ago

very picturesque

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#18 Frying Up Dessert

Frying Up Dessert

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NehaHegde 5 months ago

Afghan jalebi :-D

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#19 Bus Driver

Bus Driver

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GuyMeylan 5 months 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 5 months ago

Pretty much everyone is smiling and laughing in the background

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