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Calle de San Fran: 1906

Calle de San Fran: 1906

Circa 1906. "Calle de San Francisco, San Juan, Puerto Rico." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Calle San Francisco

Today this is a beautiful street with vibrant colors. The cobblestones are actually Blue.The blue cobblestones that originally paved the streets of all of Old San Juan are now being replaced with new ones. The original cobblestones (adoquines in Spanish) were cast from iron slag, which is the waste from iron smelting. They were brought as ballast in the bottoms of European merchant ships in the 1700s. They were first used as road pavers in 1784.


The sign above the shop where the boy is handing out samples, made legible courtesy of Photoshop ("New Confectionery," in English):

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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