Việt Nam, 1970

More Pictures of Downtown 1970 Sàigòn

1.  I think this is at the intersection of Lê Lồi and Nguyễn Hue St.

2.  Another intersection of Lê Lồi and something.  Any guesses what the other street is?

3.  The vertical sign says in the center of the picture says "HOA DAO," with no diacritical marks as far as I can tell.  The red car appears to be a 1962 Ford, although it might be a bit small.  The statue in the distance is right in front of Chồ Bến Thành, Bến Thành Market, at the intersections of Lê Lồi, Trần Hưng Đạo and Hàm Nghi streets.  I didn't get a picture of the market, however, at least not until 2002.

4.  The statue that can be seen at the end of the street in picture 3 above.

5.  The bust in front of the statue.  "The bust of the lady is the image of Quách Thị Trang, a Buddhist student killed during a Buddhist demonstration against President Ngô Đình Diệm's regime in the 60's and thus became a Buddhist martyr.  ...  [T]he
park where the bust was, was called Công Viên Quách Thị Trang (Quách Thị Trang Park)."  —Tran Dinh Hoanh

More pictures of the park can be found here.

6.  When there's a war on, the tough go shopping.

7.  The sign over the parasol says "SINCO."

8.  Hold on to your hats.

9.  Near the building shown below.

10.  "Công ty" is company or corporation, "xe hơi" is automobile, so the sign reads "Sàigòn Automobile Company."

Tran Dinh Hoanh says, however, "Sàigòn Xe Hơi Công Ty is grammatically incorrect.  In Vietnamese it should be Công Ty Xe Hơi Sàigòn. Probably the owner of that company was a Chinese who was not very well versed in Vietnamese (because the Chinese language has the same grammatical order as English)."

(Thanks to Tran Dinh Hoanh and Elizabeth Vann on the vnforum mailing list.)

Still more pictures of Sàigòn.

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