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[Abreu Family Christmas ]

Description: Photograph of the Abreu family celebrating Christmas in Long Beach, California. Two women sit on the floor, each holding a child. A third woman kneels next to the children. A Christmas tree and presents are visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

The Bell Sisters

Description: Photograph of the Hermanas Bell (Bell Sisters), a sing-and-dance act that was a part of the Barnum and Bailey circus. The women are dressed in matching costumes consisting of shirts with tiered layers underneath floral vests. The shirts are tucked into floor length floral skirts and high-heeled shoes. Flowers are woven into their curled hair.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Boy Scout in Uniform

Description: Photograph of a Boy Scout in full uniform. He rests on a stool against a floral patterned wall, wearing a single breasted jacket with several medals pinned to it, cap, pants, and lace-up boots. One foot rests on a piled rug while the other hangs in mid-air. A letter is inscribed in Spanish on the opposite side.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Bridge at Puente de Mercedes

Description: Photograph of Mercedes Bridge. The bridge runs across a large body of water surrounded by foliage. The unadorned bridge is supported by square beams that extend into the river.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Building a Fence

Description: Photograph of a woman building a fence of chicken wire around several posts in a back yard. The woman wears a jacket over a long dress and bonnet, in front of a two-story home surrounded by thin vegetation and sand. A hand-written note in Spanish on the back of the photograph reads "Mama is fixing a place for Chino, Bilito's Dog."
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Carpe Cubana Ringmaster and Family

Description: Photograph of Edwardo Sanchez, the ringmaster of Carpe Cubana circus, standing between two vehicles with Don Vejelio, Mr. and Mrs. Abreu, and Sr. Agilera. Edwardo stands to the left of Federica Abreu. The group of people are wearing long overcoats and hats.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Circus Crew

Description: Photograph of Barnum and Bailey outdoor circus. Crowds of civilians mill around outside of the tents. An inscription on the photograph reads "#4 copyright 1910 by Wischuster, Barnum & Bailey's Circus, May 21, 1910. New York." A letter addressed to Sabino Abreu is written in Spanish on the back of the photograph.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Cuban Show, Panaderia La India

Description: Photograph of Carpe Cubana's storage building in La Feria, Texas. Several men stand outside of a warehouse structure with a sign reading "Panaderia La India." Machinery is strewn messily outside of the building. A hand-written inscription on the photograph in white reads "Cuban Show."
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Family at the Beach

Description: Photograph of a family enjoying the beach. Thee women are wearing swimsuits while most of the men are wearing suits and ties. A older woman sits in front of the women, wearing a light-colored dress. Several groups of people lounge on the beach around behind the family.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Ferrante Family Portrait

Description: Photograph of Hortensia and her two children, Margaret and Orlando. The two children lean in to one another behind their mother. Hortensia wears a dark collared shirt with intricate lace bib around her neck. Her hair is worn in a coiled braid around her head. Margaret wears a one piece striped jumpsuit with a leather belt around her waist. Orlando a short-sleeved sweater and blue jeans.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

[Flood in La Feria, Texas]

Description: Photograph of the flood in La Feria, Texas. The photograph depicts a street of single story houses to the right, and a two-story storefront to the left. The street in between the structures is filled with flood water. An inscription written in white reads "LA FERIA TEX. 5/29/1929."
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Hortensia and Her Mother

Description: Photograph of Hortensia and her mother. Hortensia stands to the right of her mom, wearing a sleeveless dress with floral decoration at the shoulder. Several pleats decorate the bottom of the dress. She wears a long strand of pearls and a matching bracelet. Her mother wears a dark, long sleeve dress with a sash around her waist. They are standing in a garden between rows of flowers. A two story home is visible behind the foliage in the garden.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

New House at Long Beach

Description: Photograph of a two-story home in Long Beach, California. Wide steps lead up to a large front porch with square columns supporting the second story porch. Many rectangular windows decorate both floors of the wooden home. A sidewalk runs across the small undecorated yard.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

New House in Long Beach

Description: Photograph of a house in Long Beach, California. The house has two stories and is made of a wooden frame. Massive rose bushes wind up the front columns that support the second story balcony. A short picket fence surrounds the home. Trellis work surrounds the large window on the left side of the home. A hand-written letter in Spanish says the house belongs to Nena's grandparents in Long Beach, California.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Olaguibel Trio

Description: Photograph of the Olaguibel Trio. The portrait of the group consists of an older man and two boys. The performers are wearing suit jackets with bow ties. An inscription on the front of the photograph reads "Recuerdo del Trio Olaguibel." A second inscription underneath the main title reads "J. Zazuel, F. Culiacan Sin Libertad 84."
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Portait of Sabino Gomez in Performance Costume

Description: Photograph of Sabino Gomez in his circus costume, consisting of a matching vest and pants embroidered with flowers and vines. Sabino is resting his shoulder on a square pedestal with a bouquet of flowers resting on its top.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Portrait of a Young Woman

Description: Photograph of a young woman wearing a large hat wrapped in tulle. She is wearing a dress with floral embroidery around the neck. The photograph is tinted blue on the hat and the neckline of the dress. A letter is written in Spanish on the back of the photograph.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Portrait of Alredo and Vida

Description: Photograph of Alfredo and Vida on the day of Alfredo's college commencement. Alfredo stands on a front porch wearing a graduation gown and cap. Vida holds Alfredo by the waist, wearing a shirt-sleeve dress with a patterned bodice and solid skirt.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Portrait of Baby Alfredito

Description: Photograph of baby Alfredito, dressed in a white gown and socks and laying on a white blanket on top of a floral cushion. A hand-written inscription in Spanish on the back of the photograph says the baby is two and a half months old.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Portrait of Bilito and his Girlfriend

Description: Photograph of Bilito posing with his girlfriend. He stands behind her with his arm around her waist, wearing a tweed suit and striped undershirt. His girlfriend wears a solid-colored dress and a dark sash. They stand together in a courtyard beside a stucco building. The courtyard is decorated with exotic plants and shrubs.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Portrait of Eduardo Codona

Description: Photograph of Eduardo Codona in front of a two-story home. Eduardo and the man to his right stand in a field featuring vegetation rising past their knees. Both men where suits and hats. Eduardo carries a roll of folded papers in his hands.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Portrait of Lily Elsie

Description: Photograph of Lily Elsie wrapping a scarf around her neck. She wears a dress with an embroidered bodice and a hat decorated with a bow and flowers. Lily wears a heart locket, a beaded bracelet, and several rings. She is standing in front of a wall decorated with floral tiles. An inscription is written in Spanish on the front of the photograph, while a letter is written on the back of the photograph.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Portrait of Lita and Senor Powell

Description: Photograph of Senor Powell and Lita. Lita stands in front of Senor Powell, wearing a long sleeve dress, a strand of knotted pearls and high-heeled shoes. Senora Powell has his right arm on Lita's shoulders, wearing a tie with a collared shirt and pleated pants. A hand-written note in Spanish on the back of the photograph reads "Lita and Senor Powell."
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum

Portrait of Maria de Jesus Martinez

Description: Photograph of Maria de Jesus Martinez, sitting on a floral fabric covered table. The toddler wears a scarf around her head, a short-sleeved dress with lace around the neck and two rows of ribbon trim around the hem.
Date: unknown
Partner: Witte Museum