Brazil 9

Sandy and I are still enjoying Dov's place in Juquehy, Brazil.  As I type this, it is May 9th and it is pouring rain outside, so it is a good day to get caught up with the "Then and Now's .  We have been in Brazil since March 29, 2007 and have not posted any of the "Then and Now's.  So it is time to stop the resting and get to work!  I will post the pictures in order, from South to North.

Many of the pictures on this page are from a book called "Travel in Brazil", which was printed in 1939.  The book is a collection of nearly 200 photographs of various locations in Brazil.  It was an official publication put out by the government, to induce travel to Brazil.  It was published to be distributed at the New York World's Fair.  I have noticed that many of my old books are from the late 1930's and early 1940's.  Travel to South America during those years seemed extremely high, then it hit me.  Travel to Europe, during those years, was not very enticing based on what was taking place in Europe at the time!

This picture, from "Travel in Brazil",  was taken on Avenida Oswald Rocha, in Porto Alegre, which is in the state of Rio Grande Do Sol.  My picture was taken on March 31, 2007 (68 years later).  I have had some requests to also post the pictures in Black and White, so the first new picture is in B&W and then followed by the same picture in color.  The tress have matured and many tall buildings now line the old bridge!

This is a picture from the top of the old bridge, which better shows all the new buildings.

The next picture is the Government Palace in Porto Alegre.  The trees have grown.  If you look at the first picture I took on March 31, 2007, you can see that both of the street lamps from the original pictures are still there (and at the same angles).  It is now a bad location to take a picture of the Government Palace.  The 2nd picture I took is a better photograph, but the street lamp is now out of frame and the angles are slightly different.  This picture is also from the 1939 book "Travel in Brazil".

The following are some additional old photographs from the same book, which I was not able to locate.  If there are any ADV Rider's from Porto Alegre that can help identify the location, I would be very appreciative if you could email a photo and I will include it here.  I could also send you the complete (large) jpg file so you could print it with clarity.

I hope some of you JUST enjoy a few of these old pictures. 

For me, old pictures like these remind me of how quickly life is changing.

That was it for Porto Alegre.  Not very good, as I found only 2 of the 5 old photographs!

The next location for Then and Now's was Sao Paulo, Brazil.

This first "Then and Now" from Sao Paulo, is the "Independence Monument" at Ipiranga.  The old picture, is again, from "Travel in Brazil" (1939).  The next picture is from April 19, 2007, in B&W, then the same picture in color.

The next location was the Museum of Ipiranga, which was only 1/2 kilometer from the Monument above.  The first picture of the Museum is from Sydney Clark's "East Coast of South America", printed in 1940.  The second picture was taken on April 19, 2007, in B&W.  The 3rd picture is color.

This is the entire "un-cropped" picture of the Museum.

From 1916, we have another picture of the Museum of Ipiranga.  This picture is from J.A. Zahm's book entitled "Through South America's Southland".  Mr. Zahm was a member of the Theodore Roosevelt's Expedition of 1913, which Teddy documented in his book, Brazilian Wilderness.  You will see that the vegetation has matured during the last 91 years!

Now we go to the old down town section of Sao Paulo.  The following picture is from James Fitzpatrick's book "Fireside Travels in South America" (1948).  Our new picture was taken on April 23, 2007.

The original picture was taken from the top of the Mapin Building (which is now called the "Shopping Light" building).

The building is about 12 stories tall, but we were only able to get to the 6th floor, so the angles are slightly off.

The only building which is the same in both photographs is the short building on the far right side of the picture.

The 2 tallest buildings in the "Old" picture are still standing.  They are hidden by the newer buildings in the foreground.

The next picture is of the Martinelli Building of Sao Paulo (if you scroll back to the last "old" picture - it is the tall dark building on the left side of that picture).  This picture is from the book "Seven Keys to Brazil", by Vera Kelsey, which was printed in 1940. Our picture was taken on April 23, 2007.  The sky line has changed a lot in the last 67 years!

Usually when I post the old pictures from the books, I crop it down to "just" the picture, but on some I find the writing that goes with the picture interesting.  The building is no longer "Modern", but "Classic".  And I love the term "Sky Reachers"! 

Also, when you look at the "New" picture, notice the short lime and white building in the lower right side of the picture.  Now scroll to the "Old" picture to see how it fits in!  You can also (barely) see the short 2 story orange/pink building of the "New" picture, in the old picture?  Can you find it?  And the 2 bright blue buildings had their spires removed!  Can you find them?

The Martinelli Building was too pretty to not include a picture that shows the building off a little better than the last picture.......

The next picture is from the 1939 book "Travel in Brazil".  It was taken in the Anhangabahu Park.  The book did not identify the building, but claims that it is the tallest building in South America.  The building is the back side of the Martinelli Building (I verified it by counting windows and ledges).  In the "New" picture newer buildings totally block out the Martinelli Building.

Notice the height of the palm tress in 1939.
Black and White, taken on April 23rd.
Scroll back to the "Old" picture and look at the difference in the water back in 1939!


Hint: No more reflection.

The next picture is also from the year 1939.  The fountain in the lower left corner of the picture is the same fountain that the green water in the picture above is from.

Hotel Esplanada and Anhangabahu Park, in centro Sao Paulo.
Notice the change in height, of the palm trees directly in front of the hotel (scroll up for comparison).

Dov Koren told me what this building is now, but I forgot!

Dov... if you email me the answer, I will add the answer to this page!



(I know... the angle of the picture is not spot on!)

In color....

The small part of the beige building on the left, is the Municipal Theater of Sao Paulo.

The next picture is from "Roving South" of 1948, by Willard Price.

Nobody could tell us where this building/steeple was located!

We stumbled on it, while looking for the other picture locations.


The caption in the book read:

"Old and New rub elbows in Sao Paulo, the fastest growing city of South America"

I would like to thank the person that suggested that I also show the pictures is "Black and White".


But I do not remember who had the idea!


Notice the new high rise in the background.

And in color....

Also from "Travel in Brazil".

The "Instituto Butantan" snake farm in 1939.
The snake pits have been completely rebuilt, but in the same location, I believe!
I am not sure, but guess that the pits were built in 1914.

And this picture from the Museum at Butantan was taken in the 1930's (just like our "Old" photo).

And the original pits were removed in 1963.

The new pit is behind Dov.

In front of Dov are some of the original "Snake homes", as identified in the photo on the plaque.

(Our "Brazil 5" has more pictures of the Butantan Institute)

Without wings, I was unable to get a "New" photo of this picture.  This picture did help us a lot, finding things in the old down town of Sao Paulo.  The Martinelli Building is the prominent building in the center of the picture.  Anhangabahu Park is on the far right side of the picture (see circle of palm trees).

Here are the pictures which we could not locate.  Hey - it is an excuse to return to Sao Paulo!

Sydney Clark's, "East Coast of South America" (1940).

J.A. Zahm's, "Through South America's Southland" (1916).

Now for the last few "Then and Now's" of Santos, Brazil.  Santos is a large city located at Brazil's most important shipping port.  It got it's start back when the Coffee business was booming!

From the 1939 "Travel in Brazil".


The "Bolsa Official de Coffee" building.

I had to hold the camera blindly out a second story window. 

I took nearly 30 pictures, but none came out right!

I took this picture from ground level.

It is a much better picture, but the original was taken from the window above the "cafe" sign.

(Our "Brazil 7"  has pictures from inside the Museum located in this building)

The Gonzaga Beach and Hotel Parque Baleario, from the 1939 "Travel in Brazil".

I am not sure which building was the "Hotel".

If it is the taller building in the foreground, it is now the "Alantico Hotel".

The building behind the tree on the left is the same building on the far left of the "Old" photo.

Then to the right, 2 new buildings replacing the one older building.

The tall white building on the right is now the Hotel Parque Balneario.

Close up of the "New" hotel.
Close up of the building on the far left of the "Old" picture.

(hidden by tree in prior picture)

This is an old picture from a book printed in 1911, by Hiram Bingham, called Across South America.  This is also the picture that got us into a bad neighborhood.  The old picture covers two pages in the book (reason for shadow down the center of the picture).  Imagine my surprise when I sat down and started working with the pictures I had taken, and found that the large (almost 6' by 8' picture (second picture down), was identical!  (See "Brazil 7" for the entire "Bad Neighborhood Story")

At first I thought the pictures were very similar, then I studied the pattern of boats in the harbor, and it was an exact photo!

Again, without wings, this was impossible to replicate! 

The original picture is from Sydney Clark's 1940 book "East Coast of South America".

This was the best I could do!

I am now caught up with the "Then and Now's.....

Hope you enjoyed the historic trip through Southern Brazil............

We have much more to come....

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