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New early views of Venezuela, 1890

Main street of Barcelona, Anzoategui, 1890

Main street of Barcelona, Anzoategui, 1890

We just acquired this amazing album of early views of Venezuela, mostly Anzoategui and Vargas states, dated 1890. It comes from a Corsican family, probably a member, or a friend, of the Dominici family. The Dominici emigrated to Venezuela in the late 18th century and settled in Sucre state. They gave a least three importants venezuelians : Anibal Dominici (1837-1897) lawyer and politician, first Minister of Education of Venezuela ; Santos Dominici (1869-1954) prominent doctor and writer ; Pedro Cesar Dominici (1873-1954), writer and diplomat.

A street view of Puerto la Cruz, Anzoategui, 1890

A street view of Puerto la Cruz, Anzoategui, 1890

The owner of this album was most likely an engineer, with a strong interest in metallic structures.

As far as we know, most of these prints are unique.

Caribe indians

Caribe indians

Construction of the Wharf at Guanta, Anzoategui, 1890

Construction of the Wharf at Guanta, Anzoategui, 1890

Construction of the Wharf at Guanta, Anzoategui, 1890

Construction of the Wharf at Guanta, Anzoategui, 1890

Quebrada de Guanta

The beach of  Guanta

Quebrada de Guanta

Quebrada de Guanta

The Wharf at Guanta, Anzoategui, 1890

The Wharf at Guanta, Anzoategui, 1890

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas going thru Maiquetia

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas going thru Maiquetia

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas, Maiquetia

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

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https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santos_Dominici

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_César_Dominici

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anìbal_Dominici

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Caracas-La Guaira Railway in the XIX century.

A few months ago we came across these images of the Caracas – La Guaira (then, La Guayra) Railway in a travel photo album. The construction of this line by the British began in 1881; taking two years to complete, the railway opened in 1883. After some research we found that a few of the images were created into post cards at the beginning of the 20th century. However, we never found a credit line or a clue as to whom might have taken these photographs in the 1880s/1890s. The image below shows the famous Boquerón pass, at altitude 2,021 ft, 12 miles from La Guaira. From this point train passengers could see 65 miles out over the Caribbean.

El Boquerón

El Boquerón                                                                           Photo by José Antonio Salas

Caracas - La Guayra Railway

Caracas – La Guayra Railway                   Photo by José Antonio Salas

Caracas - La Guayra Railway

Caracas – La Guayra Railway.                                                                                                            Photo by José Antonio Salas

Landslide on the line. Caracas - La Guaira Railway.

Landslide on the line. Caracas – La Guaira Railway.                                                                      Photo by José Antonio Salas

Landslide on the line. Caracas - La Guaira Railway.

Landslide on the line. Caracas – La Guaira Railway.                                                                      Photo by José Antonio Salas

Tunnel 6, Boquerón Pass, Caracas-La Guaira Railway

Tunnel 6, Boquerón Pass, Caracas-La Guaira Railway.                                                                 Photo by José Antonio Salas

Caracas - La Guayra Railway

Caracas – La Guayra Railway.                                                                                                           Photo by José Antonio Salas

La Guayra, Venezuela

La Guayra, Venezuela                                                                                                                                        Photo by V. Amato

Pier in La Guayra.

Pier in La Guayra.

Viaduct in Maiquetía. Caracas - La Guayra Railway

The Pariata Viaduct in Maiquetía. Caracas – La Guayra Railway.                                               Photo by José Antonio Salas

All these photographs are vintage albumen prints mounted on board with their captions and/or titles hand written in French.

Landslide on the line.  Caracas-La Guayra Railway.

Landslide on the line. Caracas-La Guayra Railway in the XIX century. Photos by José Antonio Salas

If you want to read about the history of the Caracas – La Guayra Railway or any other electric transport in Latin America, you should click here. We welcome any help and other information you might have regarding these photographs: specific dates, photographers, etc. Remember that we accept contributions in Spanish, English or French. For further details please contact us here or here, or simply comment below.