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A Photographic Trip Through Puerto Rico in 1921
This is my site Written by Cumba on January 28, 2009 – 8:27 pm

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.


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8 Responses »

  1. Great photos. You can really feel the history by looking at them.

  2. Interesante documento. gracias por enviarme el aviso

  3. Thank you Tony, I agree completely, I have more photos that I found from the early 1900′s that I will be posting this weekend hopefully.

    Gracias Jeanette, tengo mas fotos que encontre, me encanta ver estos documentos.

  4. Hi. Thanks for the photo journey to another time in Puerto Rico. I will share this link with the members of the Puerto Rican Photographic Society.

  5. Thank you Clarisel. I do enjoy looking at old photos and seeing how people lived at the time. Thanks for sharing the link.

  6. Thanks for putting these great pictures up. My grandfather, Joseph A Loret, went to ‘Porto Rico’ from our home state of Louisiana in 1921 to serve as the Attorney General for several years. These pictures reflect exactly what the island looked like when he arrived.

  7. Thank you for your comment Michelle. I enjoy looking through old photos to see how our ancestors lived, glad I could provide that for you.

  8. Thanks for this window to a not so long ago past.

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