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First Communion in Laredo

Description: Postcard depicting the first Communion of Gsabel Gonsalez of Laredo. The girl is pictured wearing a sheer veil and white dress. She is holding a candle, prayer book, and a rosary. A statue of Jesus is placed on a pedestal to the right of Gsabel. Two faces of flowers are placed in front of the pedestal.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

Panorama Point - San Bernardino Mountains

Description: Postcard of San Bernardino Mountains featuring several roads roping through the valley. Small houses spot the mountain side along with dense foliage and pine trees. A letter to Victoria Abreu from Nina and Charlie is inscribed in Spanish on the back, dated August 15, 1939.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

[Six Women in Pink]

Description: Photograph of six women in white dresses. They are all posing the same way, holding the hem of their dress with their right hand, and touching their chin with the left hand. The photograph is tinted so the dresses appear pink. The sky and grass are also tinted.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Basilica Maya

Description: Postcard depicting Basilica Maya, a church in Peru. The church is large and many storied, featuring classic Castillon architecture. Many buildings surround the church, featuring similar architecture. On the back of the postcard, a letter is written to Federica Abreu from Anita and Lalo.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

[Six Women Dancing in Costume]

Description: Photograph of six women dancing in a row. They have their arms wrapped around each other with their left legs extended to the same height. The dresses look like flowers, and are tinted green and pink. They all wear matching hats that look like flower petals.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

[Atardecer Lake]

Description: Postcard photograph of Patzcuaro Lake, also known as Atardecer Lake in Guadalajara, Mexico. The photograph is cast in relief from the setting sun disappearing behind a line of mountains that stretch across the photograph. Several clouds filter sunlight onto to the lake in an irregular pattern. A dock is just visible to the right of the photograph, slightly below where the mountain line meets the lake waters. A hand-written inscription on the front of the postcard reads "Atardecer Lago de Patzcuaro No. 19. A letter to Federica Abreu is addressed on the back.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

[Six Women Dressed as Maids]

Description: Photograph of six women dressed in maid uniforms. The circus performers stand in a row, wearing black dresses and white aprons with white doilies on their heads.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

[Observation Point at the Pecos Rover Canyon]

Description: Postcard photograph of an observation point at the Pecos River Canyon. The photograph depicts a concrete road dividing the mountain in the foreground from the rest stop. The rest stop features a brick awning topped with large leaves and a gravel floor. A car is parking outside of the awning. Below, the canyon is visible, as well as a large train trestle stretching across two mountains. An inscription on the front of the postcard reads "Observation Point - Pecos River Canyon U.S. 90 Between Del Rio and Langtry, Texas. A letter is written in Spanish on the back, from Alfredo to Federica Abreu.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

[Coderra Family Portrait]

Description: Postcard photograph of siblings Rosa, Eduardo, and Hortensia Coderra. The children are standing in a row, facing forward with their arms to their sides. The two girls, on the left and right of Eduardo, wear matching white dresses with polka-dot trim and large hair bows. Eduardo wears a long sleeve shirt with a large sailor's collar and two rows of button running down it. The shirt is secured with a belt. He also wears a cap on his head, and lace-up boots. A letter is inscribed on the back from Hortencia B. Coderra, addressed to Federica Abreu, in New York City.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

[Palm Spring's Desert Lilly]

Description: Postcard of the desert lily from Palm Springs, California. A letter written in Spanish from Victoria to Federica Abreu is written on the opposite side.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

[Cuban Show Flooded in La Feria]

Description: Photograph of Carpe Cubana's headquarters in La Feria Texas. In this photograph, the flood waters had receded, but the front of the building is strewn with debris. An inscription on the front of the photograph reads "Cuban Show Flood Quarters. La Feria Tex. 5/29/1929."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

[Cuban Cookhouse Inundated with Flood Waters]

Description: Photograph of Carpe Cubana's cookhouse in La Feria Texas. The street is flooded into the doorsteps of the houses up and down the street. A man stands in the middle of the street, facing the camera. An inscription on the front of the photograph reads "Cuban Show Cookhouse. La Feria Tex. 5/29/1929."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Two Women in Mexican Dresses

Description: Tinted photograph of two women performing a dance outdoors. The women are holding hands and leaning towards the left and their right leg extended into the air. The women are dressed in Mexican costumes featuring black hats with pom-poms around the rim, long dresses with large floral borders, colored hose and matching necklaces.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

[Flooded Streets in La Feria]

Description: Photograph of La Feria Texas. The street is flooded into the doorsteps of the houses up and down the row. The man stands in the middle of the street, facing the camera. An inscription on the front of the photograph reads "La Feria Tex. 5/29/1929."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

[Cuban Show in La Feria]

Description: Photograph of Carpe Cubana's flooded camp ground in La Feria Texas. "Cuban Show La Feria Texas 5-29-29" is hand-written on the front of the photograph.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

A House with the Caption Nuestro Hogar

Description: Photograph of a two-story home. The home features a front porch supported by four Greek-Revival style columns. Flower baskets hang from the rafters, and two rocking chairs rest on the porch. The home has five visible windows on the bottom level, and four on the second level. The words at the bottom read, "Nuestro Hogar" in Spanish, or "Our Home."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

[Amelia and Angela in Costume]

Description: Photograph of Angela Cardenas and Amelia, dressed in performance costumes for the Carpe Cubana circus. Angela stands on the right wearing a yellow dress with a large yellow hat. Amelia holds hands with Angela, facing left and wearing a pink dress with purple trim.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

[Portrait of Grandmother and Grandson]

Description: Postcard written in Spanish, from Victoria Abreu to her grandmother. The front of the postcard depicts an older woman holding a small child. The woman is seated in a bed of grass looking down at the child, whom she holds by the waist.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

[Portrait of Avalardo Saenz]

Description: Photograph of Avalardo Saenz in his dancing uniform. Saenz was considered the most successful dancer in the Carpe Cubana Circus, and taught the other dancers in the Cuban Show "Matador."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

[Abreu Troupe Performing a Stunt]

Description: Postcard depicting the Abreu Troupe performing a stunt in front of a wooden structure. To the left of the photograph, a woman balances on the shoulders of a man. On the right of the photograph, two men stand several feet away from the couple with their arms outstretched. A boy is in midair between the two groups, appearing to have jumped from the woman's shoulders and preparing to land in the men's arms.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Witte Museum

Abreu Troupe Practicing Stunts

Description: Photograph of the Abreu Troupe practicing in front of a barn. A man and a woman are in the motion of tossing a third member into the air when the photograph was taken. A man stands to the right, prepared to catch the third member.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Abreu Family Trapeze Performance

Description: Photograph of the Abreu family acrobats performing on a tall trapeze in front of a large pavilion. Many people fill the pavilion while the five members of the Abreu troupe perform.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Abreu Family Acrobats

Description: Photograph of the Abreu family acrobats and Sabino Gomez performing in the middle of a town square. Many people stand around the roped-off area between two buildings.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum

Circus Parade Unrolling Canvas

Description: Photograph of the Ringling Brothers Parade in Asheville, North Carolina. Circus workers are unrolling yards of canvas from the train, pictured left. The railroad station is crowded with onlookers watching the circus unload.
Date: unknown
Creator: Pelton, H. W.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Witte Museum