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May 23, 2020

40 Vintage Color Photos Capture Street Scenes of Taiwan in the Early 1970s

Taiwan is a state in East Asia. Neighbouring states include the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the north-west, Japan to the north-east, and the Philippines to the south.

Taiwan in the early 1970s

The island of Taiwan has an area of 35,808 square kilometers (13,826 sq mi), with mountain ranges dominating the eastern two-thirds and plains in the western third, where its highly urbanised population is concentrated.

Taipei is the capital and largest metropolitan area. Other major cities include Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan and Taoyuan. Taiwan is among the most densely populated states, and is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations.

Taiwan's export-oriented industrial economy is the 21st-largest in the world, with major contributions from steel, machinery, electronics and chemicals manufacturing. Taiwan is a developed country, ranking 15th in GDP per capita. It is ranked highly in terms of political and civil liberties, education, health care and human development.

These vintage color photos were taken by Jim Harrison that show street scenes of Taiwan from 1970 to 1972.

A ‘pedicab’ on street

Children at 1st checkpoint on road to Ta Han San

Country town

Express postman with motorcycle transportation

Fruit stand

Hsinchu buildings

Kaohsiung harbor area school yard after a rain

Kaohsiung seen from the hotel

Kaohsiung seen from the hotel

Kaohsiung street scenes

Kaohsiung street scenes

Kaohsiung. A train yard next to Nancy's and near the harbor

Kaohsiung. Fleet street

Kaohsiung. George's book shop across the street from Nancy's

Kaohsiung. Laundry on ‘fleet’ street

Kaohsiung. Nancy's Harbor Hotel

Kaohsiung. Noodle stand across street from Nancy's Hotel

Kaohsiung. The Empress Hotel

Kaohsiung. Yushan at night

Kuan Sou Ling

Man standing in front of his store

Mother with son on bicycle

Rice drying on the road after threshing

Small town street scene

Small town street scene

Street market

Taichung street scenes

Taichung street scenes

Taichung. Movie marquee - Jame's Bond - On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Taichung. Stopped for an air raid alert in a small village

Taichung. The toy man

Tainan street scenes

Tainan street scenes

Tainan train station

Tainan. Circle - Train Station as seen from Tainan Hotel

Taipei. Chung Shan North Road with an MP directing traffic

Taipei. Girl on a motorcycle

Taipei. Shin Mun Tien

Taipei. Today department store

Telephone booth with twins phoning


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