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October 15, 2012

35 Vintage Photographs That Capture Everyday Life in Vietnam From the 1920s and 1930s

The economic prosperity of the mid-1920s spread also to Vietnam. But 90 percent of the Vietnamese were peasants who received only 63 percent of the nation's income. Some of them worked small plots of land that they owned, some worked plots of land owned by Vietnamese landlords and some worked on French plantations.

The Vietnamese who owned large tracts of land – 125 acres or more – and who lent money, were growing richer. The larger farms were in southern Vietnam, where 25 percent of the farms were under absentee ownership, compared to only 1 percent in northern Vietnam – a distribution that was to impact Vietnam in coming decades.

These amazing vintage photographs, taken by Charles Peyrin, capture everyday life in Vietnam from between the 1920s and 1930s.

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