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Jan 7, 2014 01:25 PM

Tijuana: Avenida Olvera. 1900’s (Today, Avenida Revolución)

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  1. GJ, back in 2010 when Mexico did the 200th anniversary of their independence from Spain and the 100th anniversary of the Revolution, I attended a day long session at the Mingei in Balboa Park. It was sponsored by both the Mingei and the Mexican consulate here in San Diego and was held in conjuction with and to support the major exhibition the Mingei had mounted of folk art from those two periods, or representing those two periods.

    There were speakers from both sides of the border, most either from the arts or academia. 85% of the day was in Spanish (good work out for my skills <gg>). There were at least 2 history professors from Baja that gave talks on the 1910 Revolucion and had a TON of archive photos of early Tijuana and, in fact, the entire border area to supplant their material. The photos were truly fascinating. What was even more remarkable was the degree to which the 1910 Revolution was fought in Tijuana.

    On the flip side of the coin, one of the presenters from the US (SDSU) had old photos showing Americans sitting in wagons up on the bluffs on the US side overlooking Tijuana burning (okay, smoking) after an early battle.

    Seeing those old photos is pretty cool and it kind of puts things into a different perspective.

    Thanks for posting

    1. DD, you are very welcome.

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