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[Photographs of travel through Mexico around 1910]

Label
[Photographs of travel through Mexico around 1910]
Title
[Photographs of travel through Mexico around 1910]
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Collection of loose photographs documenting travel through Mexico around 1910, probably taken by a member of a party of American travelers.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
Tracing the cities and towns that appear in the photo captions, and following popular rail itineraries through Mexico from guidebooks of the period, it's possible that the travelers may have traveled from Monterey to Mexico City, perhaps having crossed the border into Mexico at Laredo, Texas where they would have had to change from the standard gauge to the narrow gauge line of the Mexican National Railway. From the Monterey train station, the photographer captures a view of the "Mitre" mountain, as well as Saddle Mountain ("Cerro de la Silla"), the church of San Francisco, and the statue of Hidalgo. In Tampico, on the coast, some of the travelers are pictured "Returning from Prison" and "Returning from Church" and visiting the boat landing and market there, before heading inland to Guanajuato, Querétaro, and Guadalajara. Although the photographer duly records visits to the tourist sites of the catacombs and the prison, he also shows a great interest in capturing scenes of everyday life of local people, such as men and swine rummaging through the local dump, people carrying swaddled infants and heavy loads on their backs; burros loaded with silver ore from the nearby mines; and a 400-year old bellows and forge at a smithy. In Querétaro, there are street scenes, burros loaded with sugarcane for the mill, peasants at the train station, and a view of the Hercules Mill, one of the largest cotton mills in Mexico. There are also photos of the opera house in Guadalajara, the market house, ox carts pulling huge loads of straw, the straw being loaded into freight cars, and ox carts with large wooden wheels hauling bricks through the street. In Mexico City, the travelers might have lodged at the Hotel Iturbide pictured in one of the photos. They also visited the Plaza de la Constitución, the cathedral, Chapultepec, Canal de La Viga, the Monteczuma statue, and what is now the National Museum of Anthropology. The nearby towns of Cuernavaca and Tlaxcala are also on the itinerary, and photos include shots of the church of San Francisco and the ruins of Cortés' house in Tlaxcala. From Puebla, the travelers may have taken the Ferrocarril Mexicano del Sur to Oaxaca, where the Zapotec ruins at Monte Alban and MItla are the primary interest. Near Mitla, just beyond Tlacolula, the travelers lodged at the hacienda of Don Félix Quero, owner of a typical Mexican hacienda, who provided accomodations to travellers visiting Mitla. Also included are photos of the colonial church of La Soledad from 1582. In the port of Veracruz, the photographer took pictures of the old fort, San Juan de Ulúa on an island off the coast of the city, and the gunboat S.S. Esperanza, docked in the harbor. Perhaps the travelers made the trip from Veracruz to Mexico City aboard the Ferrocarril Mexicano, and there are many photos documenting this portion of the trip, including the bridge over the Atoyac River, the colonial towns of Córdoba and Fortín, with its view of snow-capped Mt. Orizaba, and the Metlac Bridge built 92 feet above the river. This area is the coffee zone of Mexico, where many acres are devoted to coffee culture, and where some of the best Mexican coffee is grown. Many of the photographs depict sights in Orizaba, where "Casa Finney" is located, possibly the home of Arthur L. Finney, an American coffee grower, who may have signed several of the photos with his initials "A.L.F." There are photos of the interior and exterior of the house, Finney's water wheel, Finney on horseback, and his racing with friends. There is also a view of the cigar factory of Gustavo Mayer ("Myer's cigar factory") located in Orizaba, and shots of three churches: La Parroquía San Miguel, San Juan de Dios, and "La Concordia," Santa María de Guadalupe. Leaving Orizaba, the train passes through some harsh mountain terrain over a deep precipe, an area known as El Infernillo, but finally reaches La Joya, the lovely Maltrata valley. In Maltrata, the travelers are met at the station by Indian women selling fruit. From the next stop, Esperanza, there is a spectacular view of Mt. Orizaba. Before reaching Mexico City, the travelers pass through Guadalupe, the most holy shrine of Mexico, and visit the Chapel of the Well
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photographs of travel through Mexico around 1910]
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Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Date suggested by historic references, and opening date, Sept. 5, 1909, of Teatro Luis Mier y Terán in Oaxaca (now called the Teatro Macedonio Alcalá) depicted in one of the large photos
  • There are 110 photographs measuring approximately 9 x 12 cm, and 120 somewhat larger photographs in various sizes, but generally measuring around 10 x 16 cm; photographs are tipped in on rectos and versos of leaves of black paper, one photo per side; almost all have identifying captions printed neatly in white ink below; each leaf in a clear plastic sleeve; housed in a modern beige cloth case with hinged lid covered in dark brown leather and stitched in white
  • Photographs are unbound
  • For additional information on popular rail travel for Americans through Mexico, see Campbell's New Revised Complete Guide and Descriptive Book of Mexico (Chicago, 1909), which contains itineraries and photographs similar to those represented in this collection; available online through archive.org. See also Terry's Mexico: Handbook for Travellers by T. Philip Terry (London, Boston, Mexico City, 1911); and W.E. Carson's Mexico: The Wonderland of the South (New York: Macmillan, 1914), both available through books.google.com
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
11 x 17 cm or smaller
Extent
230 photographic prints
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: Purchase, Margolis & Moss, 2017.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1013576528
  • ucoclc1013576528
Label
[Photographs of travel through Mexico around 1910]
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Date suggested by historic references, and opening date, Sept. 5, 1909, of Teatro Luis Mier y Terán in Oaxaca (now called the Teatro Macedonio Alcalá) depicted in one of the large photos
  • There are 110 photographs measuring approximately 9 x 12 cm, and 120 somewhat larger photographs in various sizes, but generally measuring around 10 x 16 cm; photographs are tipped in on rectos and versos of leaves of black paper, one photo per side; almost all have identifying captions printed neatly in white ink below; each leaf in a clear plastic sleeve; housed in a modern beige cloth case with hinged lid covered in dark brown leather and stitched in white
  • Photographs are unbound
  • For additional information on popular rail travel for Americans through Mexico, see Campbell's New Revised Complete Guide and Descriptive Book of Mexico (Chicago, 1909), which contains itineraries and photographs similar to those represented in this collection; available online through archive.org. See also Terry's Mexico: Handbook for Travellers by T. Philip Terry (London, Boston, Mexico City, 1911); and W.E. Carson's Mexico: The Wonderland of the South (New York: Macmillan, 1914), both available through books.google.com
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
11 x 17 cm or smaller
Extent
230 photographic prints
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: Purchase, Margolis & Moss, 2017.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1013576528
  • ucoclc1013576528

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