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[Federica and Brothers at the Majestic Theatre]

Description: Photograph of Federica and her brothers at the Majestic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. The portrait consists of Federica standing between her four brothers, facing right but looking at the camera. The men wear dark tuxedos with white shirts and bow ties. Federica wears a light-colored dress consisting of a three tiered ruffled skirt. Fine beading is present on the straps and low neckline of the dress. She wears a beaded headband and ballet shoes.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Abreu Troupe in Costume]

Description: Postcard depicting the Abreu Troupe in full costume. The troupe consists of three men, a young boy, and a woman, facing left and turning their heads toward the camera. The males in the group are all wearing the same costume consisting of a Spanish-style bolero jacket and pants decorated with light-colored trim and embroidery. Underneath the jacket each man wears a white collared shirt with a tie, sombrero, and black shoes. The woman wears a white blouse with a heavily-embroidered dark skirt. She wears her hair in two braided down her shoulders, tied with large ribbons, and large heavy necklaces around her neck.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard

Circus Performer in Frog Costume

Description: Photograph of a man dressed in a frog costume climbing a tree. The costume consists of a one piece, dark-colored suiting covering his hands and feet. The man's head and neck are covered with a three-dimensional form of a frog's head.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Abreu Troupe Rehearsing Performance]

Description: Postcard depicting the Abreu Troupe performing a basket toss. Two men join arms to throw a third man into the air. The third man is performing a somersault in mid-air, while two other men reach out to catch him. The troupe is practicing in front of a wooden structure.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard

[Carpe Cubana's Flooded Camp]

Description: Photograph of Carpe Cubana's flooded camp in La Feria, Texas. Several members of the crew stand in front of a tent posing for the camera. The flood waters reach up to the crew member's knees. One man balances on a barrel floating in the water.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Portrait of Abelardo Saenz]

Description: Photograph of Abelardo Saenz, the main dancer for Carpe Cubana Circus. Abelardo wears a long-sleeve collared shirt with the two top buttons unbuttoned, a tie and cummerbund. The sleeves of the shirt are very broad, and gather into cuffs around Abelardo's wrists.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[La Feria Inundated with Flood Water]

Description: Photograph of La Feria, Texas, flooded with rainwater. A horse-drawn wagon is parked in front of several buildings. The wagon is filled with men and small children. The flood waters reach half the height of the wagon wheels.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Carpe Cubaba's Show Truck in Flood Water]

Description: Photograph of Carpe Cubana's show truck in La Feria, Texas. The camp had been flooded, and five members of the circus stand around the truck, trying to move it out of the knee-high water. The men wear loose-fitting sleeveless shirts and shorts. A horse is also attached to the truck in an attempt to free the truck from the flood waters. A hand-written inscription in white reads "CUBAN SHOW. TRUCK NO. 2, LA FERIA TEX. 5/29/29."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Abreu Troupe Rehearsing Performance]

Description: Postcard of the Abreu Troupe practicing a stunt for their circus act. A man and woman on the left side of the postcard extend their arms as they throw a third man into the arms of another performer. The man being thrown is in mid-air between the couple and the performer to the right, prepared to catch him.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard

[Portrait of Baby Celia]

Description: Postcard of baby Celia, sent to Federica Abreu. Celia is seated on an embroidered quilt. She is wearing a bonnet with lace trim and large flowers attached to each side. The bonnet is tied in a bow underneath her chin. The dress she is wearing is white and short-sleeved, with matching lace trim. She also wears socks and white shoes.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard

[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
Item Type: Photograph

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
Item Type: Photograph

[Portrait of Carmen Calvo]

Description: Postcard of Carmen Calvo, addressed to Federica and Virgilio Abreu. Carmen is standing and facing left, with her right arm tucked behind her. The photograph is embroidered with blue, cream, and pink stitches in the form of a dress.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard

Cuban Show Lot in La Feria

Description: Photograph of Carpe Cubana's show lot in La Feria, Texas. The ground is flooded with water and surrounded by trees and shrubs. Five men pose for the camera while standing in the flood water. Two tall poles extend from the center of the show lot, secured by heavy hires. A hand-written inscription reads "CUBAN SHOW. LOT LA FRIA TEX 5/29/29."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Family Portrait with Dog]

Description: Postcard of a family portrait sent to J.B. Aguilera from Victoria. The photograph features four women and a boy seated around a dog. A baby is positioned against the belly of dog. The group is sitting in grass in front of a short fence, surrounded by foliage.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard

[Photograph of Cerra de Guadalupe]

Description: Postcard of the landscape of Cerro de Guadalupe. The postcard depicts two houses in front of a small hillside. The houses are small, one-story made of wooden slats. The closest house features a front porch and fence. A road runs to the right of both houses and toward the base of the hill. Several people are standing outside of the second house. A hand-written inscription reads "Cerro de Guadalupe H. Zuacuaro Mich. No 2." On the back, a letter is inscribed from Federica Abreu to Victoria, dated February 12.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard

[Seated Woman Reading]

Description: Postcard of a girl seated in a windowsill. The girl is facing left, reading a book. She wears a long-sleeve dress with a wide collar and layered skirt. Her hair is worn up, and curled onto one shoulder. Her hair is decorated with flowers. A curtain is draped across the window.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard

[Portrait of Ramona Ortiz]

Description: Photograph of Romana Ortiz, sent to Frederica Abreu in Chicago, Illinois. Romana is sitting and holding a bouquet of roses in her right hand. She is wearing a collared, long-sleeve shirt and long dark skirt. She wears a dark hat with a brim of flowers and a bow tie around her neck. A letter to Romana from Federica is inscribed on the back of the postcard.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Aboard the Louoma]

Description: Postcard photograph of a man and woman standing on the deck of a ship. The woman stands in front of the man, holding onto the guard rail with her left arm. She wears a long dress with a large white collar and a tasseled belt. The man leans the guard rail, wearing a suit with a bow tie and hat. A large body of water is visible behind the couple. "Abordo del Louoma" is hand-written on the image. A letter addressed to J. B. Aguilera is written in Spanish on the back.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard

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

[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

[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

[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

[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