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15 Vintage Photos of Manila During the 1950s That Show What Life Was Like Back Then

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The '50s were a time of prosperity and growth in many places around the world—the Philippines included. Manila, specifically, had almost recovered from the Battle of Manila and was entering its golden age as it was tagged the "Pearl of the Orient." Here's what life was like in the city of Manila during the decade.

A busy street scene with a mix of repurposed Willys Jeeps, buses, and cars.

Pedestrian and car traffic on streets of Manila, Philippines, 1950s

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The west end of Escolta Street

Escolta Street west end, Manila, Philippines 1950s (2)

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Heacock's, the largest department store back in the day

Heacock's department store, Escolta, Manila, Philippines, 1950s.

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People line to watch rice being planted in Mandaluyong's fields

Planting rice, Mandaluyong, Manila, Philippines, 1945-1950 a

The Harlem Globetrotters and the New York Celtics visit the La Perla Cigar and Cigarette Factory in Parañaque

The Harlem Globetrotters and the New York Celtics at the La Perla Cigar and Cigarette Factory in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines on September 3, 1952

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The group poses inside the building with packs of cigarettes

The Harlem Globetrotters and the New York Celtics at the La Perla Cigar and Cigarette Factory in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines on September 3, 1952

Quintin Paredes Road in the 1950s

Manila, Philippines, 1952-1953

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Elpidio Quirino during his re-election campaign in 1953

Elpidio Quirino after a speech during the Presidential campaign, Manila, Philippines, 1953

Young women walk along an old Manila home

Unidentified home, Manila, Philippines, Sept. 1953 (1)

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The Manila Jai Alai Building

Photo by WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

The funeral of President Ramon Magsaysay in 1957

Funeral of Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay, Manila, March 1957

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The first person view of a kalesa ride in the '50s

Line-up of Jeepneys, Manila, Dec. 7, 1957

An aerial view of the city in 1958

Photo by WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.
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Signs and posters behind a line of cars and jeeps

Manila, Philippines, 1958

Manila, in color, during the late '50s

Manila, Philippines late 1950s. Post Office in distance, Manila City Hall on the right

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Paolo Chua
Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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