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July 25, 2020

Everyday Life of South America in the 1960s Through Fascinating Color Photos

South America is a continent in the Western Hemisphere, mostly in the Southern Hemisphere, with a relatively small portion in the Northern Hemisphere. It may also be considered a subcontinent of the Americas.

South America in 1967

South America is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the north and east by the Atlantic Ocean; North America and the Caribbean Sea lie to the northwest. It includes twelve sovereign states: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, and a part of France : French Guiana.

New Zealand-based photographer peteshep took these fascinating color photos that show everyday life of South America when he traveled there in 1967.

Argentina. Bank of London and South America, Buenos Aires

Argentina. Then-new Bank of London and South America (Lloyds), Bartolome Mitre 399/Calle Reconquista 101, Buenos Aires

Bolivia. At the top high-altitude rim of the basin of La Paz

Bolivia. High-altitude Bolivian altiplano between Guaqui/Tiahuanaco and La Paz

Bolivia. The fish market in central La Paz

Brazil. Copan building and Sao Paulo city

Brazil. São Paulo

Chile. Santiago de Chile

Chile. United Nations building in Santiago

Chile. Viña del Mar coastal resort, a popular beach town 9km from Valparaiso

Ecuador. Colorados Indians heading to market at Santo Domingo

Ecuador. Earth brick and tile kilns on the slopes of Pichincha, Quito

Ecuador. Farm-life bus-stop, Latacunga, 9,000ft altitude, near Mt Cotopaxi

Ecuador. Floating monopitch kiln roofs at tile-works on slopes below Mt Pichincha, Quito

Ecuador. From market, Latacunga, near Mt Cotopaxi

Ecuador. In Latacunga for weekly market

Ecuador. Latacunga

Ecuador. Latacunga

Ecuador. Market day, near Mt Cotopaxi

Ecuador. Modern housing at the base of Pambachupa, Quito

Ecuador. Otavalo street sales in Quito

Ecuador. Quito Campañia Church

Ecuador. Quito, below Mt Pichincha

Ecuador. Side street, Quito

Ecuador. To market in Latacunga, near Cotopaxi

Ecuador. Tsáchila Colorados Indians at Santo Domingo weekly market

Ecuador. Weekly market-day, Latacunga

Peru. Archbishop's Palace, Plaza de Armas (founded Pizarro 16thC), central Lima

Peru. Arequipa street

Peru. Between Cusco and Machu Picchu

Peru. By the bull ring, Arequipa

Peru. Church terrace overlooking Plaza de Armas, Cusco

Peru. Cusco housing

Peru. Cusco Plaza de Armas

Peru. Cusco style hats

Peru. Cusco

Peru. La Oroya, high-mountain mining/smelting town

Peru. Lima Government Palace

Peru. Llamas (pron yamas) at Macchu Picchu

Peru. Looking down to a corner of the Plaza de Armas, Cusco

Peru. Machu Picchu and terracing

Peru. Sloped Plaza de Armas, Arequipa

Peru. Tomatoes at the market, Huancayo

Peru. Torre Tagle Palace (built 1735), central Lima

Uruguay. Central square, Plaza Independencia, Montevideo

Uruguay. Montevideo city


  1. "South America is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the north and east by the Atlantic Ocean; North America and the Caribbean Sea lie to the northwest."

    Really?? I never knew that!
    Come on, vintag...we are not idiots. Why do you treat us as if we were?

  2. Nice collection--interesting.

    Hey Vern, you'd be surprised how many younger people living in the United States would not even know the Altantic from the Pacific.




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