When you think of Afghanistan's history, you probably don't think of short skirts, nice cars, and liberal 60s styles, but just as Iran looked very different in the 1970s, these historical 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 vintage photos of life as it was before the Afghanistan war. The Soviets invaded only a decade later, and Afghanistan was pulled into the 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, now quite sad pictures below.

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Young Photographer At Paghman Gardens

Young Photographer At Paghman Gardens

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GingerFalconbury 3 years ago

They looked so free.

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Students At The Higher Teachers College Of Kabul

Students At The Higher Teachers College Of Kabul

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GingerFalconbury 3 years 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 3 years ago

Adorable

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#4

Co-education

Co-education

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ViktorBoyanov 3 years 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 2 years ago

So self-confident.

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#6

Education Under The Trees

Education Under The Trees

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OrionH. 3 years ago

Looks like a really calming photo

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#7

Bus Trip

Bus Trip

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ShaudaySmith 3 years 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 3 years ago

Looks a lot like kourtney kardashian

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#9

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

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SarahMcRae 3 years 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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#10

Rush Hour

Rush Hour

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RichardPetch 3 years ago

And British cars.

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#11

Decorating Cakes

Decorating Cakes

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FrankGoodman 3 years 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 3 years ago

How break in the day should be!

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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 3 years ago

I attended this school from 1959-1962 Amazing

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#14

Shopping For Scarves

Shopping For Scarves

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Victoria Howard 2 years ago

This would be me...buy them all!

#15

Blonde & Afghans

Blonde & Afghans

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DianePeters 3 years 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 3 years ago

The hills provide an AWESOME backdrop

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#17

Kabul Gorge

Kabul Gorge

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FrimpongPoku-Dankwa 3 years ago

very picturesque

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#18

Frying Up Dessert

Frying Up Dessert

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NehaHegde 3 years ago

Afghan jalebi :-D

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#19

Bus Driver

Bus Driver

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GuyMeylan 3 years 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 3 years ago

Pretty much everyone is smiling and laughing in the background

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#21

Bamiyan Valley

Bamiyan Valley

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JaneTurnerWhitaker 3 years ago

Such happy memories before the statues were destroyed.

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#22

Friendly Crowd

Friendly Crowd

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#23

Under The Trees

Under The Trees

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#24

Fruit & Veggies

Fruit & Veggies

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#25

Art Show

Art Show

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#26

Afternoon Prayers

Afternoon Prayers

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Outdoor Class

Outdoor Class

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KemalKaya 3 years ago

little guy in the middle at #13 learning how to get thru school

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Kabul

Kabul

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Co-education

Co-education

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NamuunaaSaruul 3 years ago

bright smiles n fashionable ladies!

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Gas Station

Gas Station

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Afternoon Shade

Afternoon Shade

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#32

Balloon Boy

Balloon Boy

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#33

Annual Exhibition Of Student Art Work

Annual Exhibition Of Student Art Work

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#34

Vip

Vip

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#35

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

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ShaudaySmith 3 years ago

for a second i thought this was a light study painting. wonderful colors and depth. the deep shadows are crazy

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All Dressed Up

All Dressed Up

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Skinny Tie

Skinny Tie

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MayaClasson 3 years ago

Snazzy!

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Hotel Inter-continental

Hotel Inter-continental

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#39

Sight Seeing

Sight Seeing

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Peggy Moore 3 years ago

That's Dr. Podlich. He's not sightseeing, lol. He is walking home from work.

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Detail On Arch

Detail On Arch

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RoxaneLevac 3 years ago

I like the art work

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Dr. Podlich & The Afghans

Dr. Podlich & The Afghans

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faiq_sawiz 3 years ago

the guy in the back is wondering why dr. bill wore his pants so high LOL

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Fully Loaded

Fully Loaded

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#43

Indoor Class

Indoor Class

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#44

Bamiyan Buddah Statue

Bamiyan Buddah Statue

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JaneTurnerWhitaker 3 years ago

This makes me so sad. My brother and I climbed to the top of this statue before it was bombed.

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#45

Shave And A Haircut

Shave And A Haircut

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#46

Kabul International

Kabul International

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#47

Walking Home

Walking Home

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#48

Military Band

Military Band

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GajaRupala 3 years ago

Well, their helmets...

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#49

Mosque In The Center Of Kabul

Mosque In The Center Of Kabul

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#50

Portable Grand Stand

Portable Grand Stand

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#51

Shopping For Canned Goods

Shopping For Canned Goods

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faiq_sawiz 3 years ago

Drank KLIM milk all my life haha

#52

The Dance

The Dance

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#53

Main Street

Main Street

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#54

People & Ducks

People & Ducks

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#55

Masked Parade

Masked Parade

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HeleNita 3 years ago

This looks like Mexico!

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#56

Monument

Monument

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#57

Cookin' Kababs

Cookin' Kababs

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#58

Swimming In The Kabul River

Swimming In The Kabul River

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#59

Algebra & Mud

Algebra & Mud

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faiq_sawiz 3 years ago

Chemistry & Mud*

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Apartments & Stores

Apartments & Stores

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#61

School's Out

School's Out

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#62

Marching

Marching

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#63

Road Work

Road Work

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#64

New Years Celebration

New Years Celebration

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Hanna 3 years ago

Mostly men celebrating New Years

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Guard Duty

Guard Duty

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Afghan Army

Afghan Army

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HulusiYılmaz 3 years ago

Turkish flag

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The Demonstration

The Demonstration

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RobertBarrett 3 years ago

One of the best school system in the USA started from this class Harmony School of Innovation

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