Monday, May 4, 2009

Mexican Street Scene

This is a picture of a street scene in Mexico in about 1890. It is interesting, in that it looks exactly like what I remember as a typical street scene in the 1960's. Even the dog looks like the familiar dog always around the local markets. The picture was produced by the photochrom process which was an early version of color photography which allowed affordable printing of color pictures.

10 comments:

  1. I was last in Mexico two years ago, and there were streets that still looked like that.

    I like the coloring in the photos.

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  2. I went to Mexico three years ago. It was my first time (maybe last time). I had to put together a conference there for our sales reps near our plant in Mexicali and it was a real eye-opener. All the little houses I saw were in various stages of disrepair and all had bars on their windows and doors - like little prison cells. Here I was with all my company big-wigs in a beautiful hotel with lavish meals, etc. and poverty was literally right on the doorstep.
    I was very happy to come back home to Indiana!

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  3. Hi, Heather, what's up. Give me a shout.

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  4. This could be any street off Avenida de Revolucion in Tijuana today.

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  5. Americans do not understand that Mexico, like much of south America is run by Spanish family's. I have several friends that run Mexican factory's that are of Spanish blood,they will not allow their children to marry Mexican's they send away to Spain for suitable persons to Marry.....Vicente Fox is Spanish as are most of the ruling class.....

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  6. Some months ago I was in Kurdistan for a project (and I will go again soon). Some parts of the towns looked exactly like the Mexican picture. The only difference was the hats and the color of walls/clothes.

    I think this is not the image of Mexico (or Kurdistan, in my case). It is the image of poverty.

    And, as Heather said, I slept and ate in a luxury hotel, 100 meters from those streets.

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  7. Heather: Mexicali is not only what yo saw, it's one of the most important and big cities in the country, maybe you visited the worst places, what a pity, it's a lovely place and everyone I know longs to come back.

    And I hate that everyone has this concept of Mexico, just streets with poverty and dogs, Mexico is more than that, PLEASE, open your mind!

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  8. You are going to see more poverty in almost every country outside of the western world, similar to the poverty that existed in this country during the great depression and prior. The difference is whether or not you have entered the industrial age, which shoots up per capita living standards.

    If you can see past the poverty though, there is a lot great to see.

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  9. I agree with the previous posters.

    There is poverty everywhere, and by visiting and spending money, we are keeping those people employed.

    Mexico is beautiful, all of the people are very nice, I've been a million times, and I hope to go again in a couple of years, if things calm down.

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  10. Who said the people were not nice? Who said the country is just streets with poverty and dogs? Unfortunately, that is what a lot of us see when we go to Mexico. I spent a week in Los Cabos, gorgeous and luxurious, but only a short walk from the Cabo Wabo Cantina were the tiny streets with the stray dogs.

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