Bella Vida by Letty

Black & White Photography tell the history of the Women of Puerto Rico

I’m a naturally curious person who loves to read.  In particular I like to read about Puerto Rico and it’s history since I never did so in my formal education.  It just makes me realize how many gaps there are in my knowledge base.  With all the madness going on in the country wanting to take away any Latino education and making it a crime for immigrants to get an education, I look at these wonderful old photos to see that we have a long way to go.

Progress – to move forward or onward in space or time

I look at these wonderful old photos. I see beautiful faces of hard working women. I look around in the real world and see beautiful faces of hard working women still not getting the support and education required in order for things to be equal. . . for things to be better.

Progress – to advance or develop toward a better, more complete, or more modern state

I look at these wonderful old photos and wonder who will tell my history?  Will my photos remain hidden in trunks or will they be placed in museums next to these hundred year old photos demonstrating our lack of advancement?  Two steps forward, one step back.

Advance –  to increase or rise in amount, value, or price

I am valuable. My life has value as did my mother’s, your mother’s , grandmother’s and so on.

Their history is our history is the worlds history.

I hope you enjoy these beautiful photos that tell the history of the Women of Puerto Rico. They are a small surviving knowledge base I hope you share with others.

  • Title: Porto Rico, Hoeing sugar cane
  • Creator(s): Zahner, M. H.,
  • Date Created/Published: Niagara Falls, N.Y. : M.H. Zahner, publisher, c1899.
  • Medium: 1 photographic print on stereo card : stereograph.
  • Summary: Two women hoeing field, with child standing behind.
  • Title: Amidst the charms of Porto Rico – delicious pineapples in the fields of Mayaguez
  • Creator(s): Strohmeyer & Wyman.,
  • Date Created/Published: New York, N.Y. : Strohmeyer & Wyman, publishers, c1899 Aug. 22.
  • Medium: 1 photographic print on stereo card : stereograph.
  • Summary: Women and children in pineapple field.

  • Title: On the beach at Mayagues, Porto Rico
  • Creator(s): Zahner, M. H.,
  • Date Created/Published: Niagara Falls, N.Y : M.H. Zahner, publisher, c1900 Jan. 30.
  • Medium: 1 photographic print on stereo card : stereograph.
  • Summary: Group of women and children standing on road, under palm trees, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

  • Santurce, Puerto Rico. Women working at the Rodriguez needlework factory. Minimum wage is six dollars a week
  • Creator(s): Delano, Jack, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1942 Jan. 

  • Title: In the fishing village of Puerto Real, many women take in needlework to do at home to supplement their income from fish. The gloves which these women are stitching are being done for a firm in Mayaguez and will eventually be sold in New York. Puerto Rico
  • Creator(s): Delano, Jack, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1942 Jan.

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