Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rusty Cannon

This cannon was made by Krupp Steel in Germany, and likely placed here by the Spanish circa 1880. It was part of the defense of Havana. This is an early sliding block, breech loading cannon. Some modern cannons still use a similar sliding breech block mechanism. Don't believe it was ever fired in anger as the American forces did not sail directly into Havana harbor during the Spanish-American War. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Steam Power

This is the Rogers steam locomotive built in Paterson, NJ in 1892. It is now on static display in Havana connected to the tender of the Central Josefita Railroad. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Central Josefita RR

This railroad ran from a plantation 27 kilometers outside Havana where sugar was hauled to Havana for shipment. The steam engine that pulled this tender is a Rogers 2-6-0 built in Paterson, New Jersey in 1892. The Rogers Locomotive Works was the manufacture of the "General" engine that was involved in the Great Locomotive Chase of the Civil War. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Happy, Happy, Solidarity

These benches and sculpture are part of a neighborhood revitalization project in Havana, Cuba. Local residents shoveled out a mountain of garbage and built something interesting. Artists, funding, and labor was all local. The steps lead up to a community center. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Korda's Photo of Che Guevara

This iconic image of Che Guevara was taken from a photograph by Cuban photographer Alberto Diaz Gutierrez, who signed his work "Korda." He gave a print to a friend who made millions selling the image.  Korda never made a dime from this photo, but it is one of the most recognized photographs of the Twentieth Century, and is still sold today on posters and teeshirts.

 An apartment building with Korda's image of Che overlooking Plaza De Revolucion, Havana.

Korda's Grave with the outline of his Che photo. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016