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January 29, 2021

Everyday Life of Puerto Rico in the Mid-1940s Through Amazing Color Photos

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. It is located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Miami, Florida.

Puerto Rico from 1944 to 1947

Puerto Rico is an archipelago among the Greater Antilles located between the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands; it includes the eponymous main island and several smaller islands, such as Mona, Culebra, and Vieques.

The capital and most populous city of Puerto Rico is San Juan. Spanish and English are the official languages of the executive branch of government, though Spanish predominates.

These amazing color photos from Tom Lehman were taken by Dr. H. Clair Amstutz that documented everyday life of Puerto Rico from 1944 to 1947.

Aibonito. Ambulance by Don Emanuelli's house

Aibonito. Children on rural road

Aibonito. Four horses carrying bundles of tobacco

Aibonito. Man with ox team

Aibonito. Ox cart backed up to tobacco warehouse

Asomante. Hauling cane

Boy on mule with baskets, coconut grove, near Luquillo Beach

Bus stop, people waiting on Caguas road

Caguas street

Cane harvest, 6 ox team pulling carts on field

Cane mill, horse harnessed to winch, driver resting, the Piñones- Vaciatalega area, not far from San Juan

Castaner. Drying coffee

Castaner. Processional

Cataño. El fanguito

Cayey. Good Friday girls

Cayey. Good Friday procession seen from above

Cayey. Good Friday

Cayey. Medical staff and others at Toita

Cuchilla. Dona Matilda's house

Drying coffee, pile of coffee on large concrete pad, two men with large wooden tray with handles

Drying tobacco


Hauling coconuts in ox-drawn cart

Hauling stones in ox carts

Horses with banana bunches on Pulguillas road

House in Salto

House with child looking out door

La Perla

La Plata medical center

La Plata. Boy between flamboyant trees

La Plata. Girl in dress of vow to St Anthony

La Plata. Hoeing tobacco

La Plata. Horses hauling bags of fertilizer

La Plata. Hospital door, crowd gathered around entrance to La Plata hospital

La Plata. Morning fog in La Plata valley

Man carrying palm branches

Men carrying bundles of tobacco into barn

Milk station, woman fill glasses on table for children, lined up

Moving day, boy and donkey with load in tobacco field

Ox cart hauling bundles of tobacco leaves

Oxen hauling tobacco

Plowing with two team of oxen

Ponce wagon

Ponce. Horse taxis, fire station

Ponce. Teatro La Perla on the right

Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration (PRRA) house

Rio Piedras. University of Puerto Rico

Roadside store and ox cart

San Juan. Cathedral facade

San Juan. La Fortaleza

San Juan. Robinson School, Santurce

School at Pulguillas

School children with sisal leaves

School lunch room at Pulguillas

Sheep in Aibonito

Sugarcane planters, oxen and steam tractor in distance

Threshing tobacco seed

Toa Alta. Toita Valley from cliff road, tobacco barns

Tobacco field and barn

Tobacco nursery

Two men arranging vanilla beans on screened trays for drying

View of La Plata

Woman with hoe

Yauco. Plants on wire

Young couple under tree with Barranquitas, church in background

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