1950s Tibet in hand-tinted technicolor & old school black and white. Courtesy of The Chinese People’s Liberation Army propaganda dept.

Selected 1950s imagery from two Chinese government (propaganda) pamphlets on Tibet, Xizang hua ji (1954) and Zhong yang dai biao tuan zai Xizang (1956).

Xizang hua ji depicts the arrival and activities of the People’s Liberation Army in Lhasa as well as traditional Tibetan landscape, architecture and society.

Pictorial work of traditional Tibetan landscape, architecture and society, as well as the arrival and activities of the People’s Liberation Army in Lhasa during the early 1950s; also includes several photos taken in Beijing and Qinghai Province.

Zhong yang dai biao tuan zai Xizang was produced to showcase Chinese Communist representatives in Tibet, and Tibetan visiting delegations to Beijing, as well as socioeconomic developments (e.g. an airplane flying over the Potala); includes photographs of Tibetan religious and lay officials, Buddhist lamas, festivals, performers and other public events.

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