October 12, 2018

Everyday Life of Mexico in 1958 Through an American Traveler's Lens

These fascinating photos from Leon Reed were taken by his father Walter Reed that documented everyday life of Mexico in 1958.

“A trip to Mexico. We drove in via Nuevo Laredo, drove down to (and beyond) Mexico City (including Taxco, Cuernevaca, Teotihuacan, Morelia, etc.), and returned back via Nuevo Laredo. We were in Mexico for nearly a month.

We traveled everywhere you could go by trailer in the years between 1950-1964, and Mexico was by far the most spectacular trip in every sense of the word: most fabulous sights (both natural wonders and manmade/historic stuff), most "different" place, etc. My only regret is that we didn't get far enough south or east to see any Maya sites - a shortcoming I need to fix in the next couple years.”

Guanajuato. Narrow street and stairs, Christmas Day 1958

Leon. Arch, Christmas Day 1958

Cuernavaca. Burros loaded with firewood, December 1958

Cuernavaca. Door and wall of Chapel of Third Order, December 1958

Cuernavaca. Market scene, December 1958

Cuernavaca. Street scenes from balcony of Cortes Palace, December 1958

Mexico City. Boatmen playing dominos at Xochimilco, December 1958

Mexico City. Cathedral at Xochimilco, December 1958

Mexico City. Metropolitan Cathedral, Zocalo, December 1958

Mexico City. Monument to the Revolution, December 1958

Mexico City. Old Basilica of Guadalupe, December 1958

Mexico City. Pilgrims approaching the Shrine of Guadalupe, December 1958

Mexico City. Taxis and department store, Zocalo, December 1958

Mexico City. The Old Basilica of Guadalupe, December 1958

Mexico City. UNAM campus, December 1958

Mexico City. UNAM library, December 1958

Puebla. Christmas parade, December 1958

Puebla. Tile-fronted buildings and church, December 1958

Queretaro. Aqueduct, along with 2 Srs and 2 Srtas, December 1958

Queretaro. Aqueduct, December 1958

Queretaro. Christmas floats, December 1958

Queretaro. Church of Santa Cruz, Plaza of Obregon, December 1958

Queretaro. Market scene, December 1958

Queretaro. Market scene, December 1958

Queretaro. Mexican women selling corn and other vegetables, December 1958

Queretaro. Pots in market, December 1958

Queretaro. Side street scenes, December 1958

Queretaro. Stands and vendors at market, December 1958

Queretaro. Street market, December 1958

Queretaro. Street scenes, 'Alimentos Purina', December 1958

Queretaro. Waiting for the bus in front of Sears, December 1958

Saltillo. Candy vendor during Festival of Guadalupe, December 1958

Saltillo. Dancers at Festival of Guadalupe, December 1958

Saltillo. Dancers, vendors, and crowd at Festival of Guadalupe, December 1958

Saltillo. Festival of Guadalupe, December 1958

Saltillo. Food vendors at Festival of Guadalupe, December 1958

Saltillo. Mexican children with hula hoops, December 1958

Saltillo. Mexican men on sidewalk, December 1958

Saltillo. Outskirts, December 1958

Saltillo. Street scenes, December 1958

Saltillo. Tile makers, Mexico, December 1958

Saltillo. Woman cooking tortillas at Festival of Guadalupe, December 1958

Taxco. Christmas decorations, December 1958

Taxco. Market scene, December 1958

Taxco. Santa Prisca church, December 1958

Taxco. Steep cobblestoned street, December 1958

Taxco. Tile roofs, December 1958

Taxco. Water carrier, December 1958

Toluca. Bus with helper on top, December 1958

Toluca. Capitol Square, December 1958

Toluca. Fruit market, December 1958

Toluca. Market and shoppers, December 1958

Toluca. Selling fruit on the street, December 1959

Toluca. Street scenes, December 1958

Backyard of village, near Teotihuacan, Mexico, December 1958

 Burro caravan alongside road, Mexico, December 1958

 Closeup of Mexican boy, near Morelia, December 1958

 Main street, village of Lagos de Moreno, December 1958

 Mexican girls herding sheep, December 1958

Mexican village and banana peddler, December 1958

Oxcart loaded with corn stalks, Mexico, December 1958

Oxcart, rural Mexico, December 1958

Pots and kiln in Mexico, 1958

Smiling Mexican children, December 1958

Women doing laundry in a stream, northern Mexico, December 1958





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