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Photo Album - West Indies - Venezuela
West Indies, 1963. Photograph Album West Indies - Latin America Rare Views of Curaçao Island 1963 West Indies, Panama, Venezuela, 1963-1964. Album containing 40 black and white wide-margined photographs of a voyage to Latin America on RMS Mauretania, striking views captured by a skilled eye, with embedded manuscript captions, mounted onto 20 cardstock leaves. Photographs measure 9 x 12 cm (image portion only). Including margins, prints measure approximately 12 x 18 cm with some slight variances. 8vo. patented Amfile photograph scrapbook album made in Kankakee, Illinois, measuring approximately 17,5 x 24 cm, black tooled cloth boards. Minor wear to spine extremities, otherwise in Very Good Condition, a pleasing album. The RMS Mauretania having cruised the New York to West Indies route for only a brief period, and a city view in Caracas showing an immense presidential election campaign sign, serve to date the album between September 1963 and March 1964. [General elections were held in Venezuela on 1 December 1963, and Raúl Leoni Otero was elected President on 13 March 1964.] Splendidly crisp images of alluring vistas and inviting lifestyle scenes, captured by an unknown and cleverly artistic photographer, evoke unexpected sentiment and inquisitive meditation. Each photograph not only captioned, but also catalogued alpha-numerically, suggesting the work may be that of a professional. Almost half of the album is devoted to Venezuela with two views of Colón, one view of cocoa and tobacco export center La Guaira and its lush hills in the background, two more of a rail journey through the hills to Caracas and five photographs of Caracas. The latter features the Estadio Olímpico and the grand marble fountain in the courtyard of the Palacio Federal Legislativo. An uncommon highlight of this album are the eight photographs of Curaçao Island, showcasing its historic charm. The Queen Emma swinging bridge is shown when motor traffic was still permitted to cross it. A single sailboat cruises near it in another view. Beautiful street views also illustrate a traditional outdoor produce market, pristine quaint neighbourhoods, and a busy street with the Julius Penha & Sons building on the corner. In Nassau local residents and visitors are seen in most of the eight views, especially charming are the young boys diving in the harbour, school age children sitting on mud wall which surrounds an old cathedral, and others sharing the tranquility of Paradise Beach alongside foreign visitors. He also photographs Bay Street, the British Colonial Hilton Nassau hotel, and woven hats and accessories being sold at a thatch-roofed market. Havana, Cuba, also appears in eight photographs which mainly highlight ancient and colonial architecture, with an especially striking view the Morro Castle (Tres Reyes Magos del Morro) which once guarded the entrance to Havana Bay. A busy street view props a large advertisement for Libreria Cervantes, a famous and longstanding Havana bookstore (now an antiquarian bookseller). Finally, Panama is seen in six views, two of these showing the ruins of Panamá Viejo (Old Panama City), two of Panama City, one showing the Canal, and one of a group of ladies in traditional dance costume. RMS Mauretania of the Cunard White Star Line was built by Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, England, and made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York on 17 June 1939. During the Second World War she travelled 540,000 miles (870,000 km) and carried over 340,000 troops. From 1947 to 1957 she served on the Southampton to New York route during the summer months and operated on cruises from New York during the winter months. By 1962, however, she was facing competition from more modern and faster vessels. After remodelling her passenger accommodations in March 1963 she began a new Mediterranean service calling at New York, Cannes, Genoa and Naples. Within a year or less her itinerary was again modified and from 1964 to September 1965 she was employed cruising from New York to the West Indies. Mauretania?'s final voyage left New York on 15 September 1965, returning to Southampton, on 10 October 1965 having already been sold to the British Iron & Steel Corporation, She was subsequently broken up at Ward's shipbreaking yard in Inverkeithing, Scotland. Queen Emma Bridge: Originally built in 1888 by American entrepreneur and US Consul, Leonard B. Smith, the pontoon bridge crosses St. Anna Bay and connects the Punda and Otrobanda quarters of the capital city, Willemstad. Originally a toll bridge, between 1901 and 1934 pedestrians with shoes were charged 2 NAf. cents to cross, while the toll was waived for those without shoes. Motorized traffic was allowed to cross her until 1974. Libreria Cervantes Bookshop in Havana: Ricardo Veloso's full name was Ricardo Veloso Guerra and he founded Libreria Cervantes in 1910. Eventually boasting the largest inventory of books in Havana, Libreria Cervantes also distinguished itself as the first bookstore in the city to sell books on credit. Veloso (Guerra is dropped in most references) also edited and published books for Cervantes. In 1926, Veloso merged his company with Cultural S.A. and they expanded their business in Cuba as well as abroad. In the process, they assumed a prominent role in Havana's literary and cultural circles. . Very Good.
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