1950s Desoto in Havana

1950s Desoto in Havana, Photographer John Puddephatt, picture from the mid-1950s, https://www.flickr.com/people/25473485@N00
1950s Desoto in Havana, Photographer John Puddephatt, picture from the mid-1950s, https://www.flickr.com/people/25473485@N00

This picture is very intriguing because it represents the culture and the authenticity of Cuba. The once stable relationship between the U.S. and Cuba had been ended because of the embargo and has left Cuba with a lot of natural resources but little finished products. In the present day Cubans are forced to work with what they have, specifically with their cars, they are forced to constantly replace the parts of their cars because they aren’t able to import from the U.S. because of the embargo. I want to figure out when this picture was taken and whether or not this automobile is still functional. Many of the cars still used in Cuba were manufactured in the 1950s and 60s so to see them still being functional is quite astonishing because in America the lifetime for a modern car is about 10 years. This is different and familiar in the sense that I understand the circumstances surrounding the image but it’s different because I’ve never had to deal with such a problem. It demonstrates how Cubans are able to live a comfortable lifestyle even though they have to use outdated items as a way to transport themselves.

 

 

 

 

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