Vintage: Havana (early 20th Century)

Vintage: Havana (early 20th Century)


As trade between Caribbean and North American states increased in the early 19th century, Havana became a flourishing and fashionable city. Havana’s theaters featured the most distinguished actors of the age, and prosperity among the burgeoning middle-class led to expensive new classical mansions being erected. During this period Havana became known as the Paris of the Antilles.

The 20th century began with Cuba, and therefore Havana, under occupation by the United States. The US occupation officially ended when Tomás Estrada Palma, first president of Cuba, took office on 20 May 1902.

A bread man on a street in Havana, 1904

A bread man on a street in Havana, 1904

A dirt street in Havana, ca. 1900

A dirt street in Havana, ca. 1900

American sailors in Havana, ca. 1910-15

American sailors in Havana, ca. 1910-15

Avenue of palms, Havana, 1903

Calle Galiano, Havana, 1900

Custom House Plaza, Havana, 1906

Entrance Havana Harbor, ca. 1910-15

Entrance Havana Harbor, ca. 1910-15

Havana, Cuba, 1904

In a cigar factory, Havana, ca. 1915-20

In a cigar factory, Havana, ca. 1915-20

Jai Alai hall, Havana, 1904

Jai Alai hall, Havana, 1904

Muelle 'Paula', Havana, ca. 1904

Muelle ‘Paula’, Havana, ca. 1904

Old sugar mill, Havana, 1904

Old sugar mill, Havana, 1904

Parapet of Cabanas Castle, Havana, 1900

Parapet of Cabanas Castle, Havana, 1900

U.S. sailors in Palace Sq., Havana, ca. 1910-15

U.S. sailors in Palace Sq., Havana, ca. 1910-15

USS Maine entering Havana Harbor, 25 January 1898

USS Maine entering Havana Harbor, 25 January 1898

USS Maine in cofferdam, Havana, ca. 1910-15

USS Maine in cofferdam, Havana, ca. 1910-15


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