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Can anyone help to identify this photo.  It appears to be a Viet Nam Pavilion but I can't associate it with any known fair.  It appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s.  Judging by the number of Asian people in the shot and the Chinese (?) characters on the yellow structure to the left, it is probably from an event held in Asia.  Viet Nam did participate at Expo '70 in Osaka but this is not the pavilion they erected for that fair.  To my knowledge, they did not participate in the world's fairs held in Brussels 1958, Seattle 1962, New York 1964-65, Montréal 1967 or San Antonio 1968.  Any guesses??

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Hello

The really small size, narrow staircase, lack of nearby structures and power lines in right background make me wonder what this could be. There is an-but-bleached-out relief it seems on the facade. I will see it I can make anything out of it.

 

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?? Eric

PS - was "Viet-Nam" always 2 words as here? Might this be some clue about year?

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Thanks, Eric.  I think that yellow structure behind and the tent-like structure to the right are separate buildings.  I've seen the country's name spelled "Viet Nam" and "Vietnam" but never "Viet-Nam."

 

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Hi Again,

The use of the flag with the stripes could indicate a date of 1955 or before? The former State of Vietnam? Or the Republic - until 1975? The slide looks to me, generally and color palette,  like some of my later Hiroshima stuff, mid- late 50's.

Eric

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That's the flag of South Vietnam but it was adopted in 1948 as the flag of the entire unified nation.  The 1954 Geneva Accords resulted in the division of the country and South Vietnam kept that flag and it was used until 1975.  

Viet-Nam is a traditional spelling of the nation's name but it was Anglicized into Vietnam after Dien Bien Phu (1954).  I wondered if there had been international exhibits at the Festival of Britain.  There were some but Viet-Nam was not represented.  

Whatever it is I would bet it is pre-1954 and post-1948.

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Eric, I think this is the same flag that was flown in front of the Vietnam Pavilion at Expo '70.

 

Here is the Vietnam Pavilion at Expo '70.  The flag, although not fully unfurled, looks like the ones in the photo above.

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In 1970, that was the official flag of South Vietnam.

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Chicago Tribune article on EXPO 70 noting North Vietnam and other countries with which Japan had no diplomatic relations were excluded.

 

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1970/03/15/page/208/article/expo-70-opens-today-in-osaka

Osaka 70 map with English pavilion names.

http://www.expo70-park.jp/sys/wp-content/uploads/expo70map.pdf

If Osaka is correct, then Viet-Nam is near top center of the map and the yellow building behind it is United Arab Emirates.

Bad news: the picture of the Vietnam exhibit on this Expo 70 page looks entirely different:

http://www.expo70-park.jp/languages/english/expo70/

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Unfortunately, those attributions are incorrect.  See the picture I posted of the actual Vietnam Pavilion I posted.  Also, I attended Expo '70 and am quite certain it is not from that event.

 

1 hour ago, waynebretl said:

Chicago Tribune article on EXPO 70 noting North Vietnam and other countries with which Japan had no diplomatic relations were excluded.

 

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1970/03/15/page/208/article/expo-70-opens-today-in-osaka

Osaka 70 map with English pavilion names.

http://www.expo70-park.jp/sys/wp-content/uploads/expo70map.pdf

If Osaka is correct, then Viet-Nam is near top center of the map and the yellow building behind it is United Arab Emirates.

Bad news: the picture of the Vietnam exhibit on this Expo 70 page looks entirely different:

http://www.expo70-park.jp/languages/english/expo70/

The third link is correct.  That is the actual Vietnam Pavilion.

 

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