Friday, June 15, 2012

Havana, Cuba

I've always wanted to visit Cuba, and hope to do so before it changes too drastically.  I imagine it to look similar to this 1949 postcard, though I'm sure there aren's so many commercial signs. The cars may look similar though, since Cuba still has many vintage cars in working condition. The Saratoga Hotel, dating back to 1879, is still open for business and looks like an elegant place to stay.

Here's another card that shows an earlier view, but the postcard itself wasn't sent until 1954. Note that the card was published by the Roberts Tobacco Co. of Havana. I like how the Asturiano Club Building extends into the white border of the postcard.

Here are the backs of the cards in the same order.


  1. Those buildings are just beautiful. Isn't that first one a flat iron building? I would love to visit Cuba and photograph those old beauties....

  2. It's a good day for some Cerveza Polar.

  3. Hi Christine,
    If you're really interested in going to Cuba here's a link to a group that takes people on tours to Cuba. They're based right here in my little town of Fallbrook, CA. I didn't know about them until a friend went there in January. She teaches art classes all over the world. She had a great time. Here's a link to the travel agency:

  4. Hi again,
    Here's a link to my friends blog about her trip to Cuba. She has many more pictures at the end of this post showing the buildings, etc.



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