|Hustle life in Quang Ninh late 20th century|
|A French tourist draws Vietnam unique beauties his way|
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Before the advent of modern technology and the Internet, Vietnamese people's life was way simpler, filled with craftsmanship, camaraderie and just some good old fashioned loincloths.
The illustrations were archived by BnF digital library Gallica, a French-based digital library aiming at preserving French written heritage, according to Urbanist Hanoi. The 10 sketches below portray the everyday life of past some 100 year ago Tonkinese - residents of what is now northern Vietnam.
The works still retain much of their original brushwork and sketches after almost a century, have made a deep impression on culture lovers, especially those into ancient values.
|A family having lunch at a street vendor|
|Two jewelers are focusing on their work|
|Two cobblers doing their task|
|Buffalo plowing on the field is an iconic image of northern Vietnam, whether it's in old days or at present time|
|A couple scooping water into their farm. Farming is the main livelihood of many households at that time|
|Carpenters making products from wood|
|A barbershop in the past|
|A couple in Vietnamese old costume milling rice for everyday meals|
|A barber cleaning a client's earwax|
|Two men enjoying smoking|
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