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Houses of Europeans in Saigon

3567076 Houses of Europeans in Saigon by Unknown photographer, (19th century); (add.info.: Saigon, Vietnam
1880-1890
Photographer: Unidentified Author); Alinari Archives, Florence

Media ID 38493538

© Alinari Archives, Florence / Bridgeman Images

Agave Building Elements Contemporary History Subjects Decoration And Sections Element Furnishings For Civic Spaces Furniture And Furnishings History Of Contemporary Nations Husband Wife Individual Indochina Mother Father Of The Family Person And Social Status Person Or Scene Physiological And Psychological Aspects Populations Server Shutters Society And Politics South East Asia Succulent Terrestrial Territories Vertebrates Vietcong Vietnam Vietnam Vietnamese Vietnamese Work And Vocation


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This print captures the essence of European colonial life in Saigon during the late 19th century. The Houses of Europeans in Saigon stand as a testament to the influence and presence of Western culture in Vietnam at that time. The intricate details of the furniture, including chairs and other furnishings, offer a glimpse into the daily lives of these expatriates living in Southeast Asia. In the foreground, a child plays with a dog, adding a touch of innocence and domesticity to the scene. Through the window, we catch a glimpse of an individual going about their day, perhaps reflecting on their place within this colonial society. The architecture features elements typical of European design, such as shutters and arches, juxtaposed against lush vegetation native to Vietnam. This blend of cultures is further emphasized by succulent plants adorning the exterior walls. As we delve deeper into this image, we are reminded not only of historical events like colonialism but also societal structures and family dynamics prevalent during this period. The portrait-like quality of this photograph invites us to ponder themes such as age, social status, and relationships within households. Overall, Houses of Europeans in Saigon is not just a snapshot frozen in time; it is a rich tapestry woven with layers of history and cultural exchange that continue to resonate today.

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