Maracaibo harbor. “On the right
you can see pelicans lined up on the roof the the large warehouse.
In the foreground, you can see sacks of grain that have been
transferred to the pier and which men are loading on trucks.
The style of the truck cabs help date the picture -- late 1920s.
In the harbor in the foreground are jettney boats for transporting
passengers. Further down the harbor is a building with a large
printed sign: Tome Cerveza Polar.”
Schooner berthed at
Lagunillas dock. “Workers
are unloading supplies from a barge. In the distance beyond
the schooner at the dock you can see sails of additinal schooners
on the lake. Again, this picture is from the late 1920's as
was taken by my grandfather.”
is one of the few closeups that I am aware of depicting how
the village was constructed. The wooden wall on the left was
a wave barrier to protect the homes during the occasional lake
storm. Grandfather wrote in his letters to my father that the
village was filthy and stunk terribly as there was no sanitation
-- just the lake. Both he, my father and uncle used to frequent
the bars in the village with other oil hands.”