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Juan Arteaga: 1905

Juan Arteaga: 1905

Circa 1905. "Provision store. Caracas, Venezuela." Dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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What great detail!

The tins of green oil (I assume it's olive?) pure Creole something in the boxes -- maybe a kind of syrup -- the "Estearica" (candles) box in front of the boy, the knife on the newspaper, which looks like it was used for a joint of meat. And it looks like, under the paper, are square white cheeses, too. And the little black dots of flies all over the counter and everywhere.

I wish the old woman with the bundles balanced (?) on her head had come into focus a bit more, but she didn't seem to fit in with the modern floral wallpaper, the natty high collars and hats of these gents.

What a great find.

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