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Images of Angkor Wat
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This collection of 120 photos was taken by Miss Margaret Parx Hays during her Christmas vacation to Siem Reap in 1954 while she was stationed in Manila as a Consul of the American State Department. Taken ninety years after Henri Mouhot’s first visit to Angkor sparked French orientalist fever, more than a decade before the American bombing campaign during the Vietnam war, twenty years before the horrors of the Khmer Rouge were in full swing, and over half a century before The New York Times travel section would report on posh Cambodian vacations in its 2008 article “36 hours in Siem Reap”, these photos offer an opportunity to view Angkor at an unassuming moment in its existence.
Ashmun, Larry, University of Wisconsin--Madison. Libraries
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