You can't go wrong with Casasola - Mexican Revolution

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You can't go wrong with Casasola - Mexican Revolution

Post  mconrad on Tue 11 May 2010, 11:54 pm

From one of several books that have published pictures by the great photographic chronicler, Casasola.

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Casasola Book

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Adios

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Another adios Here a lieutenant takes his leave just before being shot. He had allowed a forger in his custody to escape.

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Obregonists

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Conscription

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Rurales in Aguacalientes, 1915 Note the metal number on both sides of the sombrero.

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Munitions train

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Federalists Well-equipped troops. Note the officer with drawn sword towards the back.

POST - REVOLUTION, 1920s
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Crooked cops Supposedly a couple of policemen under arrest, but to me the kepis and (in the back) the shakos are surprising for such a late date. By the 1920s everyone should have been going to round hats with visors.

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Courtroom There's nothing like well-dressed policemen (or a defendant).

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Re: You can't go wrong with Casasola - Mexican Revolution

Post  buistR on Wed 12 May 2010, 8:04 am

These are very good photographs mconrad! Thanks for posting them.

Amongst the interesting vignettes:

- the figure on the right on the munitions train (photo 6) wears the unique golpes (chevrons with grape-like attachments) of buglers in the Mexican army. Still worn by bandsmen at the Colegio Militar in full dress;
- "Adios" gives a human glimpse of Federales - usually seen in films as cannon fodder to be cut down by the heroic revolutionaries. As in most of the other Casasola pictures shown they are still wearing the off-white cotton/duck uniforms and "Samur" kepis that were the usual summer dress for the Federal Army under Diaz (until 1911) and still sometimes seen under Huerta (until 1914).
-the well equiped Federalists shown clearing a street in the seventh photo are wearing the khaki widely adopted in 1913-14 and intended to replace both the peacetime whites, and the lead-grey field dress introduced just before the outbreak of the Revolution.
- Casasola was a superb photographer but he (or his editor) seem to have been a bit fuzzy on dates. The Rurales (mounted police) shown in photograph 5 ceased to exist in July-August 1914, after the overthrow of Huerta and the disbandment of the old Federal Army and Guardia Rural. The numbers on their sombreros designate the corps that they belong to.
- I agree that the "crooked cops" and their guards of photo 8 also seem out of their supposed era. The shakos and dark blue double-breasted tunics of the latter are the full dress of the Diaz army - not seen much outside Mexico City after 1910 and not at all likely anywhere in Mexico after 1914. By contrast the elegant gendarmes of the courtroom scene in photo 9 are definitely those of the post-Revolutionary era of the 1920s.

Thanks again

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