TWO YOUNG PUREPECHA GIRLS IN JANITZIO, MICHOACAN, MEXICO

This ethnographic vintage real postcard features two young native Mexican girls posing on the steps of some sort of structure. The girls are posed next to a large cactus. The girl on the left is adorable and wearing a nice smile and a necklace. She seems to be resting her hand on the cactus. The darker girl on the right has her hand on her face. She is blocking the camera from adequately providing a good photo of her face. The girls are both barefoot. This photograph was taken in Janitzio, Michoacan. The Isle de Janitzio is the main island on Lake Patzcaro. The lake is located in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. The word “Janitzio” translates to “where it rains”. The town is known for it’s “butterfly fishermen” who catch the local favorite, “pescado blanco”. Wikepedia notes that some of the people of Janitzio are of indigenous descent. These people are known as “Purepecha”. These girls may be members of this ethnic group. This postcard is part of a series (no. 406). The postcard was published by Kodak Mexicali. The postmark on this card appears to be “1944”. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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MEXICAN PARADE: HORSEMEN AND THEIR DARLINGS

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This vintage real photo postcard features a parade on a street lined with spectators. The caption below the image states “A large coach of horsemen and their darlings”. “Charros” are traditional horsemen from the central-western regions of Mexico. The definition of “Chinas” was difficult to pinpoint. Research yielded several definitions but the one that fit best was “darlings” or “honeys”. The Kodak (Sello) stamp box on the reverse of the postcard indicates that it dates back to 1941. The postcard was published by Kodak Mexican Ltd. This vintage photo postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF THREE “FUTURE MEXICAN BELLES”

mexicoThis vintage real photo postcard features three indigenous Mexican little girls standing behind a large urn. The children are barefoot and likely quite poor. A caption printed on the postcard declares them as “Future Mexican Belles”. I am not particularly comfortable with that caption and by today’s standards, it would be considered “politically incorrect”. This postcard was published by H. H. Stratton. The company was located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and operated between 1908 and 1915. Stratton published many international postcards and is known for a series of postcards showing scenes of the Great White Fleet visiting a number of ports around the world. They also published Tarjeta postcards from Cuba. It was common knowledge that Stratton stole many images from other publishers, retouched them, and then printed them under their own name.   SOLD

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ROAD TRIP: FOUR BOYS AND A FORD GALAXIE IN MEXICO

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Everyday life was becoming a drag. Every day was a carbon copy of the previous day. The boys needed something to do that would break up the routine. One of the boys had an idea of how to end their restlessness. After a night of the boys boozing it up, he said, “How about a road trip?”. Agreement with the proposal was unanimous. With little planning, the boys jumped into Joe’s Ford Galaxie and drove off to the border. Once in Mexico, the boys stopped at a cafe to get some grub. A sign hanging on the side of the building advertised food. Among the selections was “Pollo” (chicken) and “Carnitas” (a tasty pork dish). The boys brought along their own liquid refreshment. A large bottle sits on top of the car and one of the boys is holding a second bottle. The odds are that the liquid refreshment was some form of alcohol. One can only imagine what occurred after this photograph was taken. Hopefully, the boys had a good time and got home safely. This photograph was taken circa  early 1960’s. The Ford Galaxie was produced beginning 1959 and the pictured vehicle is one of the early models. This vintage real photo postcard has a light crease in the lower left hand corner and is in overall good condition (see scans).

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A STREET SCENE IN AGUA PRIETA, SONORA, MEXICO (BEFORE THE FIASCO)

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Welcome to Agua Prieta. The town’s name is not very appetizing. In English, the town’s name is “Brown Water”. According to the postcard’s AZO stamp box, this street scene photo was taken between 1924 and 1949. The photo shows “Avenue 3” in Agua Prieta. Note the signage in the photograph. There is a restaurant, a cafe, and the Silver $ Dollar Bar. Further down the avenue are some old cars.  The town is located in the northeastern corner of the Mexican state of Sonora. It is a border town and is adjacent to the town of Douglas, Arizona. Agua Prieta was developed at the end of the 19th century as railroads were built between Douglas and the Mexican town of Nacozari. The trains would transport minerals and other goods. The first settlers in Agua Prieta were employed by the US mining company Phelps Dodge Corporation. The company was based in Douglas, Arizona. The town of Agua Prieta was unofficially founded in 1899 but did not become an independent municipality until 1916. This photograph was taken long before the fiasco of the current US immigration policy. Today, Douglas has a population of about 16,500 people. Although the town is depressed, the border crossing remains busy. According to US Customs and Border Protection records for 2016, more than 3.8 million people passed through the town’s port of entry on foot, or by car. It is important to note that many of these people were going between Mexico and the US to visit family, conduct business, or shop. Therefore, their visits were of short duration. I hope that Congress will be able to formulate and pass a more rational, humane, and constructive immigration policy; and do so in a timely fashion.  (SOLD)