Tag Archives: Mexico

Happy Mexican Independence Day!

16 Sep

Happy Mexican Independence Day!

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Here is a photograph of a Mexican Independence Day Celebration in Tucson before 1912. Original card print by Haynes, Tucson, A.T. Photo identifier #2907

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¡Feliz día de la Independencia de México! — Happy Mexican Independence Day!

15 Sep

¡Feliz día de la Independencia de México! 

Happy Mexican Independence day!

Mexican Independence Day Celebration, Tucson, before 1912. Original card print by Haynes Tucson, A.T. Photo # 2907

Mexican Independence Day Celebration, Tucson, before 1912. Original card print by Haynes, Tucson, A.T. Photo # 2907

September 16th marks the 204 years of Mexico’s Independence. “El Grito” or the cry from the priest Miguel Hidalgo declaring their independence from Spain was the beginning of a ten year war.

Invitation to a Mexican Independence Day Party. Location - Places--Arizona--Tucson--Celebrations--Mexican Independence Day [Ephemera File]

Invitation to a Mexican Independence Day Party. Location – Places–Arizona–Tucson–Celebrations–Mexican Independence Day [Ephemera File]

This week we encourage you to think about the rich and diverse history of Mexico.

Mexican Independence Day Float Tucson, Arizona -- September 16, 1905. with Fire Department. Original card print carries name of Greg Martinez. Photo # 44623.

Mexican Independence Day Float Tucson, Arizona — September 16, 1905. with Fire Department. Original card print carries name of Greg Martinez. Photo # 44623.

Montana Mine Correspondence

22 Nov
I love the letterhead symbol on this one. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

Honestly, I just love the letterhead symbol on this one. If you look closely you can see parts of a tank. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

Lately I’ve been working my way through the correspondence series of the Montana Mine Collection. The majority of the correspondence, outside of that which is related to the financial business of the mine, is actually from a later period of the mine’s existence, when it was owned by a Mr. Hugo Miller. Most of this is the Miller family’s personal correspondence, offering an interesting insight into the lives of this entrepreneurial southern Arizona family.

As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

Living with a miner is never easy! As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

Miller owned an assay office in Nogales and mined on the side. It was not uncommon in the past for men and women with minds for business and an eye for good opportunities to work a mining claim into their business investments. Even now it’s not unusual for private citizens here in Arizona to have ownership of a small mine in the area that they work on periodically as they have free time. The letter you see below is an excerpt from a letter from Mrs. Gladys Miller to a friend and mentions the reality of living with the sort of jack-of-all-trades entrepreneur of a man that Mr. Miller was. From the excerpt you can tell that the Millers had great business acumen, even taking  boarders in their house to make some extra money. This correspondence suggests that the Miller family was a hard working one.

The letter below was interesting because of the context of the attached newspaper clipping. Again, this is a rare glimpse into the daily realities of living in past times. In this case, wartime rationing takes center stage as a friend, Edna, writes to ask whether the newspaper article is true and then asks her friend, Gladys, to purchase extra Nylons for her! Rationing during wartime meant people had to get creative in their daily lives to continue on as normally as possible. Having a friend who could easily get across the border to purchase stockings in Mexico definitely would have been an advantage. This is just another example of how people worked together and created good relationships during times of hardship.

As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

A clever way to circumvent wartime rationing. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

These letters are all great examples of how the correspondence in a collection can yield really interesting insights into the past. Whether it’s fun snippets such as these I’ve shared above or more serious historical connections, correspondence is always a treasure trove of historical moments.