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Old Mexico, 1892

Label
Old Mexico, 1892
Title
Old Mexico, 1892
Contributor
Photographer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Photograph album documenting a Grafton's Tour to Mexico in 1892.
Cataloging source
CLU
Summary expansion
The album opens with several group photos of the tour group, in which the travelers pose formally--on the steps of a gazebo, and on the monument marking the place in Querétaro where Maximilian was shot--and informally, astride burros led by Mexican handlers. Views of Zacatecas include a mule train hauling silver ore, the aqueduct, and town fountain. The album highlights the cathedral in Guadalupe, and its baroque chapel of La Purísima, and in Aguascalientes, the townspeople bathing, doing laundry, and swimming in the acequia or canal leading from the town's well-known hot spring. Bathing at Aguascalientes is the subject of at least ten of the smaller photographs. There are views of the plaza in León, a busy street scene, and the unfinished cathedral, its towers still under construction. The colonial town of Guanajuato is represented with birds-eye panoramas, a close-up of a Spanish residence, both exterior and interior, the Santa Paula Municipal Pantheon, the unfinished opera house lacking a roof, the interior of the government mint, and mummies standing in the catacombs. In Querétaro, a row of coaches waiting in the desert documents the travelers' stop to visit the site of the execution of the Emperor Maximilian; there are also two large photos of the aqueduct built in 1726. In Mexico City, photos document the urban architecture of the Palacio Nacional, the Cathedral, the Moorish Pavilion, the Chapultepec castle, numerous memorial statues, tourists strolling in the beautiful park-like Alameda Central, and sailing on La Viga Canal in wide flat-bottom batteaux--a Mexican version of a gondola--guided by a "gondolier" who uses a pole; perhaps they are en route to the floating gardens or "chinampas" at Xochimilco. At this time the Paseo de la Reforma is a broad unpaved tree-lined dirt road. Other views include two-part panoramic photographs of León, Guanajuato, and the volcanoes Popocateptl and Ixtaccihuatl which rise majestically outside Mexico City. Of Puebla, there are panoramas of the city, a street scene, and views of the penitentiary, the pagoda in the plaza, and nearby, the Great Pyramid of Cholula. Along the road to Vera Cruz, the photographer records a mountain railway tunnel, background for a portrait of a locomotive for the Coatepec railway, with engineer, conductor, and company officials posing in front; there is also a photo of the double Fairlie engine used on the Vera Cruz railroad. Sights along the way to Vera Cruz feature the Rombo Cascade and Metlac Bridge. The Grafton's Tour advertises side trips to the Juanacatlán Falls and the "Tropics of Vera Cruz," and both sites are represented in the album. Portraits of local Mexicans include oxcart and burro drivers; water boys; water and wine carriers; a milkman; families and their thatched homes surrounded by nopal cactus; women waiting to fill their water bags at a public fountain, washing clothes, and making tortillas; fruit sellers; vendors of pottery and shoes in the market at Guadalajara; pulque workers; cigarette factory workers; wool spinners; and bull fighters in the ring in Chihuahua and in Mexico City. The album also includes photos of large palm trees, banana trees, and different types of cactus and agaves, including a long hedge of organ pipe cactus. In addition, the photographer has documented some of the works of art viewed by the travelers, including fresco paintings, the iconic representation of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Aztec calendar stone, Aztec stone carvings, and colonial wooden statues and crucifixes
Label
Old Mexico, 1892
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Charles A. Mayo and J.E. Weed made up a photography partnership based in Chicago, Illinois. Their firm, Mayo & Weed, acted as "special artists" for Grafton's Tours, which was also based in Chicago. They photographed the sites which the tour company would visit, both in Alaska/Pacific Northwest, and Mexico. Those traveling with the tour could then select the photographs they desired for inclusion in an album. A few photos of the tour group would be added at the front of the album to give it a personal touch. The number of photographs per album would vary, depending on the price paid
  • Cover title
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of leaves of light gray cardboard, one to a page in the case of the 85 large format photographs (25 x 20 cm), and two to a page in the case of the 100 smaller photographs (12 x 19 cm); almost all of the photos have captions in the negative identifying location or subject matter
  • Bound in pebble grain and smooth dark brown leather; rebacked spine and corners; original spine reattached; old-stamped cover title featuring two large ornamental capitals; gilt ornaments in four of six spine panels; gold-stamped title and publisher in two spine panels: "Old Mexico 1892. Mayo & Weed. Chicago;" orange marbled endpapers; all edges gilt
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
  • Digital copy of an 1893 guidebook for Grafton's Tours through Mexico, California, and the Sandwich Islands, containing a Mexico itinerary similar to the one outlined in the photograph album is available online: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.31822031034655
Dimensions
29 x 39 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (185 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: housed in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, Plaza Books, 2015, with funds provided by the University Librarian Discretionary Fund.
Other physical details
b&w, albumen
System control number
  • (OCoLC)909917998
  • ucoclc909917998
Label
Old Mexico, 1892
Publication
Note
  • Charles A. Mayo and J.E. Weed made up a photography partnership based in Chicago, Illinois. Their firm, Mayo & Weed, acted as "special artists" for Grafton's Tours, which was also based in Chicago. They photographed the sites which the tour company would visit, both in Alaska/Pacific Northwest, and Mexico. Those traveling with the tour could then select the photographs they desired for inclusion in an album. A few photos of the tour group would be added at the front of the album to give it a personal touch. The number of photographs per album would vary, depending on the price paid
  • Cover title
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of leaves of light gray cardboard, one to a page in the case of the 85 large format photographs (25 x 20 cm), and two to a page in the case of the 100 smaller photographs (12 x 19 cm); almost all of the photos have captions in the negative identifying location or subject matter
  • Bound in pebble grain and smooth dark brown leather; rebacked spine and corners; original spine reattached; old-stamped cover title featuring two large ornamental capitals; gilt ornaments in four of six spine panels; gold-stamped title and publisher in two spine panels: "Old Mexico 1892. Mayo & Weed. Chicago;" orange marbled endpapers; all edges gilt
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
  • Digital copy of an 1893 guidebook for Grafton's Tours through Mexico, California, and the Sandwich Islands, containing a Mexico itinerary similar to the one outlined in the photograph album is available online: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.31822031034655
Dimensions
29 x 39 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (185 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: housed in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, Plaza Books, 2015, with funds provided by the University Librarian Discretionary Fund.
Other physical details
b&w, albumen
System control number
  • (OCoLC)909917998
  • ucoclc909917998

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