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July 16, 2019

Fascinating Black and White Document Everyday Life of Mallorca in the Mid-1950s

Mallorca, or Majorca, is the largest island in the Balearic Islands, which are part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean. The native language, as on the rest of the Balearic Islands, is Catalan, which is co-official with Spanish.

The name derives from Classical Latin insula maior, "larger island". Later, in Medieval Latin, this became Maiorica, "the larger one", in comparison to Menorca, "the smaller one".

The capital of the island, Palma, is also the capital of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. The Balearic Islands have been an autonomous region of Spain since 1983. There are two small islands off the coast of Mallorca: Cabrera (southeast of Palma) and Dragonera (west of Palma).

Like the other Balearic Islands of Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, the island is an extremely popular holiday destination, particularly for tourists from Germany and the United Kingdom.

These fascinating black and white photos from the Archive of the Sound and Image of Mallorca that documented everyday life of Mallorca in 1956 and 1957.

Woman refilling at a petrol station, 1956

Woman removing water from a fountain with children, 1956

Cart in Coll de Sóller, 1956

Children looking towards the village of Fornalutx, 1956

Group of dolls on a street in Palma, 1956

Group of people around a broken car, 1956

People at the entrance to the bullring in Palma, 1956

Horses passing along road at beach near Palma, 1956

Lady walking from the inside of a wine shop, 1956

People walking through Valldemossa, 1956

Man accompanying a bride with people in the background, 1956

Man selling pots with handle at the back, 1956

Man with a bicycle at the door from the wharf of Alcúdia, 1956

Men and cars on a street in Alcudia, 1956

Men in the bell tower of the hermitage of Santa Magdalena, 1956

People going up to the church, 1956

People in Jonquet, 1956

People in Plaça d'en Jonquet, 1956

People in the bullring in Palma, 1956

People in the sailing club of Sóller, 1956

People sitting on a terrace in Sóller, 1956

Portrait of a beautiful woman with pitcher, 1956

Boy sucking liquorice, 1956

An old man smoking in the street and children in the background, 1956

Children with clothes hanging in the background, 1956

Man and woman in a stall of melons, 1956

A couple in Fornalutx, 1956

Portrait of man with a hat, 1956

Man with a network, 1956

Portrait of man with pig prepared to be cooked, 1956

Ships in the Port of Sóller and people in the dock, 1956

Two dolls and a woman walking with umbrellas, 1956

Two men walking, 1956

Two people by the sea with boat and mountains in the background, 1956

Two priests heading towards the oratory of Capdepera Castle, 1956

Almond gatherers near Inca, 1957

Almond gatherers near Inca, 1957

Boys waiting in queue for petrol, 1957

Carpet factory, Alcúdia, 1957

Carpet factory, Alcúdia, 1957

Couple dancing with people around in Fornalutx

Filling lorry with petrol, 1957

Group of men waiting at the Fornalutx bull's party, 1957

Group of people dancing in Fornalutx, 1957

Group of people photographed looking at the descent of the Fornalutx bull, 1957

Man grazing in the Paseo del Born, 1957

Man hitting a tree near Inca, 1957

Men and bull in a street in Fornalutx, 1957

Men and bull in a street in Fornalutx, 1957

Mountains of salt, 1957

People holding almonds from the ground near Inca, 1957

People in the tram of Sóller, 1957

People sunbathing in the port of Sóller, 1957

People watching the descent of the Fornalutx bull, 1957

People working in a chair factory, 1957

Portrait of a child in a ceramic factory, 1957

Portrait of a little girl with balloons on the street, 1957

Portrait of a woman sitting with her child and clothes in the background, 1957

Portrait of a ceramist, 1957

Salt workers, 1957

Two men looking at lottery results, 1957

Two men playing their bagpipe and drum, 1957

Two men walking down the Plaza Joan Carles I in Palma, 1957

Two women picking up water in a Fornalutx square, 1957

Views of the town and woman walking next to a canal, 1957

Women dancing boots with people looking around in Fornalutx, 1957

Wool drying in Sóller, 1957

Traditional open kitchen with seated man and woman in the kitchen background, 1958



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