In my search for materials regarding Puerto Ricans, I sometimes come across old magazines with articles that give a glimpse into how the island and its people were perceived by outsiders. One of my purchases was a magazine from 1921 called “The Mentor,” a magazine of ‘intellectual appeal.’ They covered different topics and one of them was travel. The issue that I found has several articles under the theme “A Trip to Porto Rico.”
The articles cover different aspects of “Porto Rican” life. Accompanying the articles are photos of the time. I have scanned the photos to share as a slide show. I have chosen not to change the spelling on the captions to keep the original context of the photos.
A note on the name “Porto Rico”: This was the name given to the island and the spelling was officially changed on May 17, 1932 to its current spelling “Puerto Rico.”
Enjoy the slideshow and feel free to leave comments. Also, I will be scanning the articles that accompany the photos, they make an interesting read.