Postcard impressions…

While in Faryab province recently, I visited the Afghan shopkeepers at the PRT. In a small, dim shop I found treasure…for me at least.

On one of the shopkeeper’s shelves lay a curling stack of postcards. Flipping through them, the young man could not understand my interest and kept trying to sell me his other wares. Finally, he brought me a stool and indulged my curiosity. Although I had seen a few of the postcards in other shops, others looked older, but age is always difficult to estimate in Afghanistan, accelerated as it is by fierce sun, wind and harsh living… all coated with a constant film of dust.

I ended up buying most of the stack, an eclectic mix of images…Here I share some of the most interesting with you. I wish I could credit photographer or company, but there are no photo credits or captions. The backs are blank except for “Superior Quality Post Card.”

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