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Cool Vintage Photos Show Life in 1960s Mexico

During the 1960s, Mexico was steadily growing; however, the political unrest grew in the late 1960s. Students and a large number of people protested against social justice. Mexico City hosted the Summer Olympics of 1968. On October 2, 1968, military troops surrounded a demonstration at the historic Tlatelolco Plaza and opened fire, resulting in hundreds of casualties.

Here are some cool vintage photos of Mexico from the 1960s. You can also check what Mexico looked like a decade earlier.

#1 Nocturnal scene at Seventh Street and Avenida Revolución, 1964

Nocturnal scene at Seventh Street and Avenida Revolución, 1964

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#2 American tourists on street in Tijuana, 1964

American tourists on street in Tijuana, 1964

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#3 Reyes and Lucia Gaxiola at Rancho Compostela, 1967

Reyes and Lucia Gaxiola at Rancho Compostela, 1967

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#4 Saddle maker in Álamos, 1962

Saddle maker in Álamos, 1962

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#5 Taco vendor in Tijuana, Mexico, catching up on the day’s news until the next customer shows up, 1964

Taco vendor in Tijuana, Mexico, catching up on the day’s news until the next customer shows up, 1964

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#6 Carlos Guadalupe Aguilar Villavicencio family at Rancho Rosarito, 1972

Carlos Guadalupe Aguilar Villavicencio family at Rancho Rosarito, 1972

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#7 Circus “Atayde” in Tijuana, 1964

Circus “Atayde” in Tijuana, 1964

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#8 Shoemaker in Álamos, 1960

Shoemaker in Álamos, 1960

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#9 Portrait of young woman in curio shop, 1964

Portrait of young woman in curio shop, 1964

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#10 Shoe shine boy and “chicklets” gum salesman, Tijuana, 1964

Shoe shine boy and “chicklets” gum salesman, Tijuana, 1964

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#11 Young boy carrying goat at Rancho Represito, 1967

Young boy carrying goat at Rancho Represito, 1967

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#12 Adan Gaxiola at Rancho Compostela, 1967

Adan Gaxiola at Rancho Compostela, 1967

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#13 Men at a table in Batuc, 1963

Men at a table in Batuc, 1963

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#14 Kitchen at Rancho Nopoló on the Gulf of California, 1972

Kitchen at Rancho Nopoló on the Gulf of California, 1972

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#15 Bodegón de Guillermo, restaurant and caberet, one of the best restaurants of the day, a favorite of bullfighters and fans, 1964

Bodegón de Guillermo, restaurant and caberet, one of the best restaurants of the day, a favorite of bullfighters and fans, 1964

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#16 Typical outdoor Tijuana burro portrait studio, 1964

Typical outdoor Tijuana burro portrait studio, 1964

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#17 Street scene in Álamos, 1960

Street scene in Álamos, 1960

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#18 Bernadino Arce Arce at Rancho Santa Teresa, 1972

Bernadino Arce Arce at Rancho Santa Teresa, 1972

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#19 Arturo Grosso of Rancho Laguna Chapala, 1971

Arturo Grosso of Rancho Laguna Chapala, 1971

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#20 Plaza in Batuc, 1963

Plaza in Batuc, 1963

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#21 Men wearing masks performing.

Men wearing masks performing.

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#22 School children playing on Olympic logo Mexico 68.

School children playing on Olympic logo Mexico 68.

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#23 16-year-old Olympic Stadium being refurbished including a colored apron which directs crowds to the entrances.

16-year-old Olympic Stadium being refurbished including a colored apron which directs crowds to the entrances.

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#24 A child carrying bouquet on her way to the fiesta, 1968

A child carrying bouquet on her way to the fiesta, 1968

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#25 Park dancers in flurry of action, 1968

Park dancers in flurry of action, 1968

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#26 A park dancer clapping to the rhythm, 1968

A park dancer clapping to the rhythm, 1968

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#27 Vendor selling pinwheels at La Merced market, 1968

Vendor selling pinwheels at La Merced market, 1968

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#28 Young girl with flowers in her hair, 1968

Young girl with flowers in her hair, 1968

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#29 15-feet plastic fencer in en garde position erected in the stands at Aztec Stadium for Olympic Games.

15-feet plastic fencer in en garde position erected in the stands at Aztec Stadium for Olympic Games.

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#30 Couples in Chapultepec Park, 1968

Couples in Chapultepec Park, 1968

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#31 Chamula women participating in cambio de mayordomo, 1968

Chamula women participating in cambio de mayordomo, 1968

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#32 Line of people under building facade, 1968

Line of people under building facade, 1968

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#33 Structures rising high above Satellite City, 1968

Structures rising high above Satellite City, 1968

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#34 Olympic posters decorating a wall, 1968

Olympic posters decorating a wall, 1968

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#35 Mother nursing child while burning incense, 1968

Mother nursing child while burning incense, 1968

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#36 Mariachi singers strumming on ukuleles, 1968

Mariachi singers strumming on ukuleles, 1968

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#37 A lily seller, 1968

A lily seller, 1968

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#38 Man selling balloons, 1968

Man selling balloons, 1968

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