Friends in Vietnam have shared some incredible color footage of Saigon street life around 1940. This glimpse back in time is both remarkable and remarkably eerie when you consider what has unfolded on these same streets since.
35 years later and the same urban setting is far less serene. On the morning of April 29, 1975 the Americans signaled the emergency evacuation of Saigon by broadcasting Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" over Armed Forces Radio and some public address systems. Within a day and a half they were gone:
The same downtown setting after another 35 years. These few city blocks have been the backdrop to a history of events that define many of my generation.