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21 Incredibly Beautiful Photos Of Afghanistan In The Mid-20th Century

A look back at the history of Afghanistan.

Posted on October 28, 2017, at 6:01 p.m. ET

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Afghan women in traditional dress, May 1968.

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A potter works on building a zerbaghali, or goblet drum, in Kabul, 1970.

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Students at the Polytechnical University of Kabul, 1975.

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Children of Kabul are photographed in the street, Nov. 1961.

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Shoppers make their way through a Kabul market, 1979.

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A group of women leaves the Kabul airport, March 1967.

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Young men in Kabul, 1970.

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A group of medical students at Kabul Medical University, 1962.

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A market vendor poses for a portrait in Kabul, 1970.

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An Afghan baby girl in the arms of her mother at a general hospital in Kabul, 1965.

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A group of women makes its way into the Shrine of Ali in Mazar-i-Sharif, 1950.

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A caravan of dromedaries stops for a break in the snowy mountains of Nuristan, 1970.

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A pair of carriages make their way past the Mas'ud III Minaret, east of Ghazni, 1950.

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A bus of travelers drives along a dusty road in Afghanistan, 1970.

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A ancient fort stands on the road from Kabul to Peshawar, 1970.

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A colossal Buddha statue stands carved into the cliffside of the Bamiyan Valley, 1950.

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Venders and shoppers walk along a street in Ghazni, 1950.

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An Afghani pigeon merchant stands alongside his livestock, perched on the edge of his market stall, in Kabul, 1973.

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A busy roadside full of vendors in Kabul, 1961.

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Farmers enjoy themselves as they work in the fields, 1960.

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A lone vehicle makes its way down a dusty road in Afghanistan, 1970.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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