Whilst doing some research one night I stumbled upon this amazing flickr account run by Tom Lehman. Amazing because Mr. Lehman collected thousands of vintage slides, cleaned, scanned, edited, identified and attributed each one to their individual photographer. And after that monumental task was completed, he was kind enough to upload them for everyone to see, enjoy and use free of charge. (As long as it’s not for monetary gain)
Most of the photos are of Puerto Rico but there are some other countries among the collection as well. He also has a blog which explains why and how these photographs came to light.
Another useful site is “Archivo Historico y Fotografico de Puerto Rico” which has many fascinating photographs and ephemera as well. Stop by and check them out, as you can see from the examples here, they are really quite remarkable.
The photos I picked to showcase here are just a small sampling and most have been edited to some degree. I hope you will stop by Tom’s site to view the rest and perhaps give him a hand with the identification process.
Beautiful coloring book featuring 26 municipalities in Puerto Rico. The title says “Adult” but I think some kids might have a hard time letting you have all the fun. Very talented group of PR illustrators here, well done!
From the publisher:
In terms of the book, this is part of Puerto Rico Presenta’s publishing company where we try to create books and media related to the Puerto Rican culture. This project started when I began participating in adult coloring at a library in the states and decided it would be a great idea to have one representing the towns.
It consist of 30 illustrations, every artist created 5 different towns and one of San Juan. The art was commissioned and they were allowed to choose what they thought the best representations were. I worked with each artist independently until we thought each piece was a good fit for the book.
If you are a bookstore or interested in reselling it you can email us here and we can provide reseller codes for the book. -Alfredo
Illustrators: Rafael Pagan, Victoria Cano, Xavier Ocasio, Alexander Damiani, Carlos Fernandez
While visiting the South East part of the island we decided to stay at Parador Guánica 1929 which is situated on Ensenada Bay. The exterior is beautifully restored and seems to melt into the sunset during golden hour. We loved everything about the exterior and the staff were so welcoming. There could be some modern upgrades (wifi that works for discombobulated travelers :) ) to the actual rooms but the views alone are worth every penny and we came away with a very memorable time.
At the end of Plazuela de Santo Domingo sits a beautiful 1913 Victorian-style house designed by architect Pedro Vivoni for his brother, Tomás. Not open to the public but gawking is free. RIght across the street is the Porta Coeli Churchfrom my previous post.
One of our stops on our trip to the Southwest corner of Puerto Rico. We were kind of surprised to find such a well kept historical site (all of San German’s historic district actually) empty of locals and tourists. Very ghost-townish. It’s about 10 miles from Cabo Rojo, a quick detour for most people in the area. This and many more architectural interests are scattered through the town.
A little info: Porta Coeli (Gateway to Heaven) is one of the oldest churches (I believe third, but googling has been inconclusive) in the western hemisphere, built in 1609. It now serves as the Museo de Arte Religioso which includes a collection of 18/19th century religious paintings and wooden carvings.