Life on the Streets

Newspapers posted on building wall, PM 2003.17.3055
Chauffeur attending to vintage auto radiator boiling over, PM 2003.17.2988
Man in Russian hat, PM 2003.17.129
Informal outdoor barber shop, PM 2003.17.2910
Informal restaurants on street, PM 2003.17.830
Korean men in western business suits, PM 2003.17.3131
Man serving milk on the street, PM 2003.17.127
Girl carrying water, PM 2003.17.3190

“Nine months ago . . . this had been a quiet agricultural section. Small homes, rice paddies, an occasional ox, a green mountain or two—that sort of thing. But now [there were] acres of army supplies . . . and WARNING! signs in all languages. . . .”

—Sister Maria Del Rey

During the war Pusan was virtually buzzing with activity. Military jeeps and trucks shared the dirt roads with bicycles and ox-drawn carts. With schools and other community buildings coopted as hospitals or army quarters, the streets were the center of much social life. Because radios were too expensive for most Koreans, information was spread via word of mouth and by newspapers and posters tacked onto walls.