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Fascinating Vintage Photos of Lisbon in the 1950s

Lisbon became a refuge for many Axis exiles during World War II. Their voyage would begin in Lisbon and end in the United States or Great Britain. There was a large-scale exodus of rural people from the provinces to the capital in the 1950s. The surrounding areas were filled with peasants uprooted from their farms and living in squalor. Brandoa was the largest and best known of these.

Portugal’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Dr. Pedro Theotonio Pereira, and Bernard Morgan, a retired solicitor from London, organized the first Tall Ships’ Race in 1956, a 20 of the world’s remaining large sailing ships. The race took place from Torquay, Devon, to Lisbon and was meant to mark the end of the era of the great sailing ships. However, the public interest was so intense that race organizers founded the Sail Training International Association to direct future events. Tall Ships Races have taken place annually since then in various parts of the world, attracting millions of spectators.

Below are some fascinating historical photos of Lisbon in the1950s.

#1 Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

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#2 Typical Square and Apartments, Lisbon, 1950s.

Typical Square and Apartments, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#3 Across Estuary from Lisbon

Across Estuary from Lisbon

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#4 Ave Liberty, Lisbon

Ave Liberty, Lisbon

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#5 Ave Liberty in Lisbon, 1950s.

Ave Liberty in Lisbon, 1950s.

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#6 Across Estuary from Lisbon, 1950s.

Across Estuary from Lisbon, 1950s.

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#7 Houses and Hearse in Lisbon, 1950s.

Houses and Hearse in Lisbon, 1950s.

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#8 Arch in Old Sq on Waterfront, Lisbon, 1950s.

Arch in Old Sq on Waterfront, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#9 Avinido Liberty, Lisbon, 1950s.

Avinido Liberty, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#10 Cemetery in Lisbon, 1950s.

Cemetery in Lisbon, 1950s.

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#11 Cemetery Lisbon, 1950s.

Cemetery Lisbon, 1950s.

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#12 City from Rampart Old Moorish Fort, Lisbon, 1950s.

City from Rampart Old Moorish Fort, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#13 City Waterfront Ent to Harbor, Lisbon, 1950s.

City Waterfront Ent to Harbor, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#14 Cross section of Ave Liberty, Lisbon, 1950s.

Cross section of Ave Liberty, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#15 Entrance to Moorish Qtr Lisbon, 1950s.

Entrance to Moorish Qtr Lisbon, 1950s.

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#16 From Waterfront Kings Palace Statue, 1950s.

From Waterfront Kings Palace Statue, 1950s.

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#17 Harbor from Fort twards Atlantic, Lisbon, 1950s.

Harbor from Fort twards Atlantic, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#18 Moat and Walls Old Fort, Lisbon, 1950s.

Moat and Walls Old Fort, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#19 New Private Construction apartments in Lisbon, 1950s.

New Private Construction apartments in Lisbon, 1950s.

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#20 Newly Completed apartments in Lisbon, 1950s.

Newly Completed apartments in Lisbon, 1950s.

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#21 Parkway Sidewalk Cafe and Statue, Lisbon, 1950s.

Parkway Sidewalk Cafe and Statue, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#22 Plaza Don Pedro IIII, Lisbon, 1950s.

Plaza Don Pedro IIII, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#23 Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

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#24 Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

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#25 Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

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#26 Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

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#27 Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

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#28 River into Estuary, Lisbon, 1950s.

River into Estuary, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#29 River Meets Atlantic, Lisbon, 1950s.

River Meets Atlantic, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#30 Shopping Street Moorish, Lisbon, 1950s.

Shopping Street Moorish, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#31 Square in Moorish Qtr, Lisbon, 1950s.

Square in Moorish Qtr, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#32 Street Anthony Decorations, Moorish Qtr, Lisbon, 1950s.

Street Anthony Decorations, Moorish Qtr, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#33 Tower of Belem- Ent to Harbor, Lisbon, 1950s.

Tower of Belem- Ent to Harbor, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#34 Typical Scene Moorish Qtr, Lisbon, 1950s.

Typical Scene Moorish Qtr, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#35 Typical Tile-Facing Home, Lisbon, 1950s.

Typical Tile-Facing Home, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#36 Village of Ponte D’Lousa, Lisbon, 1950s.

Village of Ponte D'Lousa, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#37 Waterfront and Vulcanio, Lisbon, 1950s.

Waterfront and Vulcanio, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#38 Waterfront Inner Docks, Lisbon, 1950s.

Waterfront Inner Docks, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#39 Waterfront, Lisbon, 1950s.

Waterfront, Lisbon, 1950s.

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#40 Waterfront in Lisbon

Waterfront in Lisbon

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#41 Railway Station in Lisbon, 1950s.

Railway Station in Lisbon, 1950s.

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#42 Farm- Valley Ponte D’Lousa- Near Lisbon, 1950s.

Farm- Valley Ponte D'Lousa- Near Lisbon, 1950s.

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#43 Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

Racetrack in Lisbon, 1950s.

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