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Views of Belém, Brazil, circa 1870-1879

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Views of Belém, Brazil

Scope and Content of Collection

Views of the waterfront and docks predominate in this collection of 16 albumen prints by an unidentified photographer documenting the northern Brazilian port city of Belém (then known as Pará), center of the Amazonian rubber boom in the late 19th century. Other images show buildings (Teatro da Paz, Portuguese hospital, commercial bank, convent, bathhouse) and street views (Rua do Imperador, Rua do Conselheiro).

Photographs are mounted recto and verso on eight sheets. The former name of the city, Pará, is written on all of the mounts below the images, in eight instances with additional description. These captions have been used as image titles. Titles for the remaining eight images are devised.


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