This vintage postcard features a shirtless Vietnamese man. The man is from the region of Cochinchina which is comprised of the southern third of current Vietnam. The region’s principal city is Saigon. The area was a French colony from 1862 through 1954. In 1954, South Vietnam was created by combining Cochinchina with southern Annam. Printed near the top of the postcard is the word “Thu Dau Mot” which is the capital city of Binh Duong Province in Vietnam. The city is just 20 km from downtown Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The photographer of this image was Pierre Dieulefils. He was the first established professional photographer in Hanoi. He worked in Indo-China from around 1900 to 1910. In addition, he was a postcard editor and explorer. He had an excellent reputation as a photographer throughout Europe and Indochina. He won many medals at Universal Exhibitions. It is estimated that he produced approximately five thousand photos and postcards and he is considered one of the greatest photographers of the region. His photographic expeditions included such locales as Vietnam, China, and Cambodia. His photographs are considered “the very best visual records of the life, people, customs, and native peoples” of North and South Vietnam. This postcard is part of a series (no.1471), The postcard was published between 1900 and 1910.   SOLD

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