Twenty-six real photo postcards ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 ¼ x 5 ¼ in). Six postcards with printed captions on the margins and printed copyright “Tarjeta Postal, República de Guatemala, C.A.” on verso. Four postcards captioned in negative; fourteen postcards with ink stamps on verso, including seven postcards with the photographers’ ink stamp. Overall very good collection of rare interesting real photo postcards.
Attractive collection of Guatemala real photo postcards, from the first half of the 20th century. Likely collected by an American tourist or resident of Guatemala, the collection includes five postcards by noted local photographer Roberto Eichenberger. Swiss by origin, he was born in Guatemala, studied in Berlin and was active at the Guatemala photography market in the 1930s-1950s. Another postcard bears an ink stamp of the souvenir shop in Chichicastenango, owned by Max Lopez – and shows the town’s market with the shop’s storefront in the background. Overall the postcards depict the streets, sites and people in Chichicastenango, Solola, Totonicapan, Santiago Atitlan, San Antonio Palopo, and La Antigua. A very nice collection of well-preserved rare real photo postcards of Guatemala.
Captions and stamps on the postcards:
1) Captions in negative: Mayan Inn, Chichicastenango (two different views); Chichicastenango, Guat.; El Calvario, Chichicastenango, Guat.
2) Ink-stamped captions on verso: Lake Atitlan, G.; Mkt. Atitlan; Market girl, A.; Mkt. Day, Chichi (two different views); St. Mkt., Chichi; La Antigua.
3) Printed captions on the margins: Chichicastenango – Mercado; Sto. Tomas Chichicastenango – Plaza; Santa Cruz – Lago Atitlan; Indigenas en el mercado de Santiago Atitlan; San Antonio Palopo – Escuale Indigena; Marimba de Tecomates.
4) Ink captions and photographers’ stamps on verso: Chichicastenango Souvenir, Max Lopez M.; Chichicastenango Guatemala Foto Arte; Atitlan – Eichenberger, Guatemala (two different views); Totonicapan - Eichenberger, Guatemala; San Pedro Atitlan - Eichenberger, Guatemala; Solola - Eichenberger, Guatemala.