Trip To Mexico - 1934

In 1936 there was to be held in Texas the Texas Centennial celebration. As an artist at Stafford-Lowdon I thought it would be a good idea to get some sketches of historical sites in Texas and also take a trip to Mexico. So I took the old Hupmobile and set out all by myself.

First I went to Nacogdoches which was of historical significance as it was the site of Texas’ first capitol. Then I went to Houston to visit the San Jacinto battlefield and stayed with Bill and Ora Baker. Bill was working in an agency there and there I met Schiwelz, the water-colorist. From there I went to Galiad, then to Laredo where I crossed over into Old Mexico. Headed for Monterrey and stayed seven days at The Continental Hotel. I remember it cost only $1 per day and it was a beautiful place, almost like a palace inside. Took a side trip to Saltillo and one to Huasteca, a scenic wonderland. Hired a guide and we had a little donkey with a wooden saddle which I was supposed to ride but I found it more comfortable to walk most of the time. On my way back I stopped at San Antonio to see and sketch the Alamo and other point’s of interest.

Altogether it was a very interesting and instructive trip. Never had I seen so many things to sketch. I took a lot of photos, black and whites for color film was not then available.
 
Below are actual pictures he took on this inspirational trip.
 

The original picture (l) and the resulting print (r).

The photo on the left quite likely inspired 
"On The Road to Monterrey" on right.
 

1934 picture on left, print on right.
 
"Street In Old Mexico," but no photo to match.
 

 


The window from an above print (l) and probably the guide and donkey (r) mentioned above.