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January 28, 2022

Zimbabwe in the Late 1960s Through Fascinating Photos

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in Southeast Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the south-west, Zambia to the north, and Mozambique to the east. The capital and largest city is Harare. The second largest city is Bulawayo.

The state endured international isolation and a 15-year guerrilla war with black nationalist forces; this culminated in a peace agreement that established universal enfranchisement and de jure sovereignty as Zimbabwe in April 1980. Zimbabwe then joined the Commonwealth of Nations, from which it was suspended in 2002 for breaches of international law by its then-government under Robert Mugabe, and from which it withdrew in December 2003.

The sovereign state is a member of the United Nations, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). It was once known as the “Jewel of Africa” for its great prosperity.

These fascinating photos from lindsaybridge that captured street scenes of Zimbabwe in 1968.

Council Offices Main Street, Umtali (now Mutare), September 20, 1968

Customs House on the right, Umtali (now Mutare), September 20, 1968

African Motorways Coach at stop at Hartley, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), on way to Beitbridge, September 29, 1968

Early morning at Salisbury railway station in Rhodesia, now Harare, Zimbabwe, Umtali rail motor standing awaiting departure, September 20, 1968

Gardens in Bulawayo, September 9, 1968

Garratt near Victoria Falls Bridge in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), September 12, 1968

Grand Hotel and Theatre, Main Street, Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), September 9, 1968

Looking back, taken from the passenger train past Figtree, September 7, 1968

Main Street of Bulawayo in what was then Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, September 9, 1968

Main Street, Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), September 9, 1968

Main Street, Umtali (now Mutare), September 20, 1968

Main Street, Umtali (now Mutare), September 20, 1968

Park in the centre of Bulawayo, then Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, September 18, 1968

Passengers change from and Express Motorways Coach at Beitbridge to South African Railways Coach on way to Pretoria, September 29, 1968

Power Station, Bulawayo, Rhodesia, (now Zimbabwe), September 9, 1968

Private buses in then Salisbury now Harare then Rhodesia now Zimbabwe, September 19, 1968

Roman Catholic Cathedral, Salisbury, now Harare, Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, September 28, 1968

Salisbury United Omnibus Company Ltd. bus terminal in city (now Harare), September 19, 1968

Statue of Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902) in main street of Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), September 9, 1968

Steam Loco shunting at Victoria Falls in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), September 12, 1968

Train heading for Zambia, September 12, 1968

Tredgold Building, September 9, 1968

Umtali (now Mutare) Railway Station, September 20, 1968

View from Devil's Cataract downstream, Victoria Falls, September 12, 1968

Northern Falls, Victoria Falls, September 10, 1968




2 comments:

  1. Interestingly, the late 1960s and early 1970s were known in North America for brightly colored automobiles.

    Interestingly that was not the case in Rhodesia at the same time

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  2. interestingly, Rhodesia was known as a breadbasket of Africa, interestingly Zimbabwe can barely feed itself

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