These pictures were taken in Thailand circa 1969 by a close family member traveling in Northern Thailand with a branch of the U.S. government.
They were taken with top of the line, for the period, Nikon equipment, Kodachrome film, processed by the U.S. government, and stored away in a safe place. Despite all this the slides have faded a bit over the years.
These were professionally scanned, restored, and color corrected by professionals.
Still the colors have faded a bit over the years.
If you’ve traveled around or lived in Thailand, what is striking is how little things have changed.
Besides the cars, these could be street scenes in rural Thailand today.
The picture below shows the “Orchid and Jade Factory”. How much would you wager that its a tourist ripoff joint selling fake gems to tourists at inflated prices?
The clothing the Thai people are wearing would not look out of place in modern day Bangkok or any Issan city.
And check out these Thai babes strolling down the street (Click on the picture for a full size version).
Hair done up at the latest salon.
Wearing high heels and the latest in fashionable dresses.
The one on the right even has what would be referred to today as a Japanese Specialist hairdoo.
Put these girls in Q-bar or the St. Moritz and they wouldn’t look out of place or do badly circa 2011.
Does anything ever change?