Unbelievable Afghanistan In The 60’s

It was all before the wars of the titans and when Afghanistan was just a beautiful country with a beautiful heritage, It was one of the most modern cities of the Asia, Most advanced and most modern but it was all before the titans made Afghanistan there battlefield and made it corrupt beyond repair and turn it into what we see today.

The peaceful hues of 1960s Afghanistan paint a far different picture of the country embroiled with corruption and struggle. In 1967, Arizona State University professor Dr. Bill Podlich and his family swapped the stark, sultry summers of Tempe, Arizona for the environs of Kabul, Afghanistan. After serving in World War II, Podlich wanted to partake in a cause for peace and for that reason, he teamed up with UNESCO to work for two years at the Higher Teachers College of Kabul, Afghanistan. With him were his children, Jan and Peg, along with his wife Margaret.

When not developing relationships with his Afghani cohorts, Podlich developed his Kodachrome film, capturing a modernizing and peaceful Afghanistan that belies the harrowing images and thoughts associated with the war-torn country we see today. That is why, in Peg Podlich’s eyes, her father’s photos are so incredibly important. Says Podlich, these photos “can encourage folks to see Afghanistan and its people as they were and could be. It is important to know that we have more in common with people in other lands than what separates us.” For more picture click here.

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The Podlich sisters in the Paghman Gardens.
Afghani men out for a picnic.
Afghani men out for a picnic.
Peg Podlich on a trip from Kabul to Peshawar, Pakistan.
Peg Podlich on a trip from Kabul to Peshawar, Pakistan.
Dr. Bill Podlich on a hillside in Kabul.
Dr. Bill Podlich on a hillside in Kabul.
Jan Podlich during a shopping trip in Istalif.
Jan Podlich during a shopping trip in Istalif.
A Senior English class at the American International School of Kabul.
A Senior English class at the American International School of Kabul.
Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque, built in the early 20th century under the reign of Amanullah Khan.
Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque, built in the early 20th century under the reign of Amanullah Khan.
Parking lot of the American International School of Kabul.
Parking lot of the American International School of Kabul.
Afghanistan's Bamiyan Valley, home to numerous Buddhist monastic ensembles and sanctuaries as well as Islamic edifices.
Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Valley, home to numerous Buddhist monastic ensembles and sanctuaries as well as Islamic edifices.
A man preparing jilabee, a sweet dessert.
A man preparing jilabee, a sweet dessert.
Two Afghani men walking home.
Two Afghani men walking home.
A gas station in Kabul.
A gas station in Kabul.
Afghan girls coming home from school. Both Afghan boys and girls were educated until the high school level.
Afghan girls coming home from school. Both Afghan boys and girls were educated until the high school level.
A stop during the Podlich family's bus trip through the Khyber Pass.
A stop during the Podlich family’s bus trip through the Khyber Pass.
Peg Podlich arriving in Kabul.
Peg Podlich arriving in Kabul.
Young students in a playground.
Young students in a playground.