LaGuardia Community College 2002-03 Common Reading
Esmeralda Santiago, When I Was Puerto Rican

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Below you will find images of historic Puerto Rico that may enhance your understanding of the book. These images have been selected because of their relevance to Santiago's text. They portray a combination of rural and city life on the island during the 1940s and 1950s. By clicking on the thumbnail of the photograph, you will be able to see the larger image. By clicking on the blue link, yo will be able to visit the original source for this photograph. Many of these photographs come from the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division in a special collection, called the American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Digital Library. In the text below, the source for these has been abbreviated to LOC/AMHC. You can visit the American Memory: Historical Collections site for further research on Puerto Rico.

Americans in 1898 from Jibaros.net.


Baby in Utuado, Puerto Rico, from the USDA site. Jack Delano, photographer. Image Number: 01di1476/CD8174-476.

The village of Barranquitas in 1941 from Jibaros.net.

"A funeral procession in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico" in January 1942.
Jack Delano, photographer.
LOC/AMHC, Call Number: LC-USF33- 021431-M5.

"Children in the slum area, Yauco" in January 1942.
Jack Delano, photographer.
LOC/AMHC, Call Number: LC-USF33- 021462-M2.

"Class in maternal welfare, San Juan" in January 1938. Edwin Rosskam, photographer. LOC/AMHC, Call Number: LC-USF34- 012442-E.

"Town" in Decemby 1941. Jack Delano, photographer.
LOC/AMHC, Call Number: LC-USF35-618.

"Examination of a child for hookworm, San Juan" in January 1938. Edwin Rosskam, photographer. LOC/AMHC, Call Number:
LC-USF34- 012447-E.

"Jibaro hut near Cidra" in January 1938. Edwin Rosskam, photographer. LOC/AMHC, Call Number: LC-USF34- 012435-E.

"Eroded tobacco slope with Jibaro house" in January 1938. Edwin Rosskam, photographer. LOC/AMHC, Call Number: LC-USF34- 012515-E.

 

Town of Lares in 1942 from Jibaros.net.

"Discover Puerto Rico U.S.A. : Where the Americas meet" by Frank S. Nicholson. 18 July 1940.LOC/AMHC, Call Number: POS - WPA - NY .N53, no. 1.

"Coconut palms" in 1949. Photograph by: Detroit Publishing Co. LOC/AMHC, Call Number: LC-D4-16743.

"View from the slum area in Yauco" in January 1942. Jack Delano, photographer. LOC/AMHC, Call Number: LC-USF33- 021427-M2.

"Family living in the slum area, Yauco" in January 1942. Jack Delano, photographer. LOC/AMHC, Call Number: LC-USF33- 021423-M4.

"Children Outside of School, Aibonito" in January 1942. Jack Delano, photographer. LOC/AMHC, Call Number: LC-USF34- 048453-D

Riopiedros, 1900 from Jibaros.net.

"San Juan" in 1941. Jack Delano, photographer. LOC/AMHC, Call Number: LC-USF35-621.

"Women working at the Rodriguez needlework factory in Santurce" in January 1942." Jack Delano, photographer. From the Women and Social Movements 1775-2000 Project at Binghamton University.

"Women working at the Rodriguez needlework factory, Santurce" in January 1942. Jack Delano, photographer. From the Women and Social Movements 1775-2000 Project at Binghamton University.


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