1929. Twenty-two loose gelatin silver photograph panoramas (one in two copies) from ca. 9,5x27 cm (3 ¾ x 10 ¾ in) to ca. 8,5x25 cm (3 ½ x 10 in). All photos captioned in English in pen or pencil on verso; all but one numbered in pencil on verso (from 1 to 22); several also dated from October 3rd to October 17, 1929. Twelve photos with ink stamps of the “Regis Kodak Store, Junto al Regis” on verso. A couple of images mildly faded, one photo with a minor crease, but overall a very good collection of strong interesting photos.
A collection of attractive panoramic photographs documenting American tourists’ trip to Mexico in October 1929 and following their route from Culiacan to Mexico City via Guadalajara and Queretaro. The photos include street views of Culiacan and Guadalajara (the city market, two views of Plaza de Armas and the city cathedral taken from the “American club balcony”), a busy scene at the Queretaro railway station, and a photo of Barranca de Oblatos canyon on the Rio Grande de Santiago near Guadalajara.
Sixteen views show Mexico City and the nearby pyramids of Teotihuacan. The city views include five photos from a tour in the Xochimilco floating gardens (“Pango or float landing at Xochimilco,” “Anezen temple float and the musicians' float,” “flower decorated floats passing under a state bridge, natives on bridge are watching the parade,” etc.). The other Mexico City photos show “El Castillo across the lagoon” (Chapultepec Castle), Zocalo square (with the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace), Banco de Mexico and the unfinished building of the Palacio de Bellas Artes (completed in 1934), the bullring (note numerous advertising signs above the seats), Benito Juárez Hemicycle (with two tourists posing in front), and a view taken from the roof of Hotel “Regis” (with the Alameda Central Park and the unfinished dome of the Palacio de Bellas Artes). The photos of the Teotihuacan include a general view of the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon taken from the top of the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, a closer view of the Temple (erroneously captioned “the Pyramid of the Sun”) and two more general views of the Temple and the Ciudadela complex, one being captioned “the center square where sacrifice were made, looking toward parking space where auto’s stopped.” One photo portrays the tourists at a “Mkt., Indian village on road to Pyramids. Mr. Martinez (our chauffeur), Frannie, Dick, Mr. Kerr and Walter…” The last photo is a portrait of the tourists posing next to their train of the Southern Pacific Lines at the railway station in San Jose, California (“Mr. Reves” dressed in poncho and sombrero; “Mrs. Landiz” and “Mrs. Blake”) on October 17, 1929. Overall a lively collection of unusual well-preserved panoramic views of Mexico in the late 1920s.
Price: $1,250.00 USD