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INVITATION FROM SAIGON KIDS™ RICHARD AND JOHN TURNER TO CONTRIBUTE TO SAIGON PHOTO PROJECT

Submitted by Richard and John Turner (ACS)

Hello Saigon Kids™

My brother Richard and I are assembling a book of photographs taken by the Vietnamese photographers who worked for Star Photo, Provence Photo and the other photo kiosks located on Nguyen Hue (Charner Boulevard) sometimes known as Flower Street. We are interested in images of parties and other social events held by members of the American, French, Vietnamese and Chinese communities as well as by members of the diplomatic corps in Saigon between the years 1955 and 1965. These photographs were typically black and white, 2.5” x 5” with serrated edges. They were taken by a Vietnamese photographer who would be hired to cover events such as adult and teenage parties, diplomatic functions, holiday celebrations, tea dances at the Circle Sportif, events at the American Community School, etc. The photographer would usually shoot several rolls of film and they would be ready for viewing and purchase the next day at one of the many the Flower Street kiosks.

If you have any photographs that fit this general description, we would appreciate it if you could scan them (at 300 dpi) and email or *Dropbox* them to me at *folk1 [@] mindspring.com* and *cc turner [@] chapman.edu*

If we get enough photographs (approximately 100 – 150) we will compile them in a Blurb / Shutterfly publication that will be available for viewing and purchase online. The photographs will be accompanied by an essay about the images and the unique time period that they evoke

We hope that you will participate in this project. Without your help it will not happen. If you know someone who may have photographs to contribute to the project, please pass this invitation along to them. Any questions, please contact us at either of the above email addresses.

John and Richard Turner

American Community School 1959-61

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