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[Mexico City photograph album documenting mid-20th century modernization]


Fototeca MacAdam, photographer.


Ledger book containing professional photographs that document the modernization of Mexico City during the early years of the "Mexican Miracle" ("Milagro mexicano") and coinciding with the presidencies of Miguel Alemán Valdés and Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, who are both depicted at public events in some scenes. Most views document the progress of various civic infrastructure and public works projects and other aspects of urban development. Numerous images document the expansion of major thoroughfares, the creation of streets and new neighborhoods, and associated construction of water and power lines. Other general topics include parks and other public spaces; trains, buses and other aspects of public transportation; police officers and firefighters; public monuments, plaques, etc.; new office and residential buildings; schools; colonial and other historic structures; and public markets. Some views show current living conditions for poorer residents. Many laborers are depicted, as are politicians and everyday citizens of Mexico City, and some public events (festivals, ceremonies featuring politicians, demonstrations, etc.).


1945 (issued)


Alemán, Miguel -- 1905-1983 -- Photographs
Infrastructure (Economics) -- Mexico
Urbanization -- Mexico -- Mexico City -- Photographs
Public works -- Mexico -- Mexico City -- Photographs
Mexicans -- Mexico -- Mexico City -- Photographs
Mexico -- History -- 1946-1970 -- Photographs
Mexico City (Mexico) -- Photographs


Title devised by cataloger.
Compiler unknown.
No descriptive captions other than occasional photographer's initials: "F.M.J.L.A." (Fototeca MacAdam J.L.A.) as identified by bookseller from stamps on backs of prints.
Affixed to front cover of album is a metal crest of coat of arms of Mexico.
Mexico City photograph album documenting mid-20th century modernization, BANC PIC 2022.095, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase from Libros Latinos ; 2022.


Photograph albums.

Physical Description:

approximately 580 photographs in 1 album : gelatin silver prints adhered to album leaves ; prints chiefly 13 x 18 cm, album 36 x 32 cm