Snail's Postcard Post

Santa Fe Trails

IMG_6503IMG_6528There were a few websites with this image, but no info on Bob Ervine as far as I could find online. If you know of him, please comment!

The photographer,  Jesse L. Nusbaum (1887-1975), was the first archeologist of the National Park Service, specializing in the Southwest. He was in Santa Fe in 1913 supervising the restoration of the Palace of the Governors (completed that Fall). IMG_6506IMG_6508J.C. Burge was a professional photographer with a studio in Kingston. 

IMG_6509IMG_6511IMG_6512IMG_6514Sam Hudelson (b. 1874) taught at Native American trade schools all over the Southwest. When he moved to Santa Fe in 1911, he then took up restoration work for the Museum of New Mexico. He snapped photographs wherever his assignments led him, including to Chaco Canyon where he took the photo above. He presented over 200 of these photographs to the Museum when he retired in 1941.

IMG_6515IMG_6516Dana B. Chase (d. 1897) was a professional photographer in New Mexico, active from 1880-1895. 

IMG_6519IMG_6520Can you believe women traveled in such fancy dresses? I’m guessing that while the flappers found the goat a novel delight, the cowboy felt the same about them!

IMG_6522IMG_6524IMG_6526IMG_6527A reader on a classic and novelty car site commented with the details! “Leopold E. Garcia, of Bernali[l]lo, New Mexico, was an auto salvage dealer and part time inventor.” Garcia built a “small, three-wheeled battery-powered vehicle that could be operated by a person with only one good limb.” As for the Chic-ito, built “on a cut-down prewar Ford chassis with 1954 Mercury engine,” he originally painted it white and called it Bubbles. Relatively simple to make, he dreamed that a whole line of them might be produced in New Mexico. In 1955, Garcia painted it red, renamed it Chic-ita (I don’t know how the name ended up with the masculine ‘o’ instead), and took it on the road, winning prizes at fairs and car shows. ElChicito_850-700x283


Check in tomorrow when we’ll look at a postcard book of “Women of the West.”

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