Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984)
Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981)
|Three basket weavers smile obligingly at the photographer in “Tipos Mexicanos,” or “Mexican People.” Photographer and location unknown, circa mid-1930s. From Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook.|
|Map shows Aunt Detty and Uncle Phil’s travels, as
indicated by the postcards they bought.
|“Man and burro.”
La Plazuela del Progreso, Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico, 1930s.
From Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook.
And what about the back of the postcards, you might wonder. Do they contain any writing? Were they ever sent to anyone, or were they simply kept as artistic souvenirs? Oh, the stories they might yield, if only…
|“Charro and China Poblana” depicts
couple in the typical dress of Puebla.
Location unknown; Mexico, 1930s.
From Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s
You see, some years ago, Uncle Phil and Aunt Detty’s daughter, Jane (McCormick) Olson (my first cousin once removed), loaned me the scrapbook of her mother’s memories. Aunt Detty had obtained the book, originally a large salesman’s sample album of Christmas cards, from my parents, who sold advertising specialties at the time. She repurposed the book into a scrapbook in 1982, removing the samples and gluing her photographs, postcards, and memorabilia onto the pages.
Over time, the glue began to disintegrate, loosening some of the items (thankfully for archival purposes) from the pages. One of the postcards was among the loose items, and I was able to pull it back slightly to examine it further.
It turned out to be a postcard Aunt Detty had sent to her two children, Phillip “Buddy” and Jane, both of them 10 years old at the time. On it, she wrote briefly and tenderly that Mother and Dad were having a great time but were looking forward to seeing their darlings soon.
|Woman selling clay pots. “Tipos Mexicanos,” or “Mexican People,”
location and photographer unknown, Mexico, 1930s. From Benita
(McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook.
The scenes in these miscellaneous postcards could have taken place anywhere in Mexico. The general descriptions on some of them refer to the subjects as “Tipos Mexicanos,” or “Mexican People,” but on the face of the photographs there is no other information as to their location. The exception is the postcard below, captioned “Jefatura de Operaciones, S.L.P.,” or the the operations center of the state capital city of San Luis Potosí. The north-central city’s famed colonial architecture may have been the reason Aunt Detty and Uncle Phil visited there.
|Operations Center, City of San Luis Potosí, Mexico,
1930s. From Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook.