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Venezuela: 1905

Venezuela: 1905

Circa 1905. "Country store, Venezuela." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Wires pwilliam56

Those are electric wires, the first electricity company in Venezuela was founded in 1888 (The Maracaibo Electric Light company later called energia electrica en Venezuela), it was first used in stores and government buildings in big cities. By 1895 it was widely used in street lights in almost all the country.


Can you imagine what this picture in color would have actually looked liked? This one has it all going for itself. If there ever was a time capsule shot--this is it. Great Picture.


I wonder what the cords or wires are that run out of the frame at the top-right and left middle. Electricity? There is what looks like a knob insulator below the rafters and above the Lamp at the right. Would they likely have electricity in a "country store" 100+ years ago in Venezuela? There are other lines or scratches in the photo at the top left of the frame.

[Telephone. Telegraph. Hello? - Dave]

Diversity and more

Venezuela has been a great example of beautiful integration and coexistence between the European settlers, the natives, and those of African descent.

You can see how comfortable these children are among each other.

However, before this period, there were many confrontations between the Indian chiefs (Caciques) and the Spanish, similar to what happened in the U.S. with the British.

You can see some of these "soldier vs. native" scenes depicted on the pictures on the wall.

The parrots (Loros) are very common in Venezuela due to its location near the rainforest. Venezuela is about the size of Texas and it has some of the most varied terrain in South America, ranging from areas of year-round snow, up in the Andean mountains, plains, deep forests and arid desert.

The sandals (alpargatas) are a traditional symbol of Venezuela.

This is an awesome picture that captured a period of prosperity and hope in the country.

Today, Hugo Chavez, like many of the previous presidents, is helping to dismantle that beautiful balance. But the people of Venezuela still hangs on to the hope for a prosperous future.

Where did all the kids come from?

There is only one woman in this shot.

Bottom Left

Yo Quiero Taco Bell.

Off the Beach

These are the first burros I've seen in quite some time that weren't on a Jersey beach. Also, some of these gents are sporting awesome mustachios.


There's definitely some diversity in this shot. I would love to see what the cartoons on the wall are about.

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