Beautiful Havana. Habana Bella.
C.1929 View book of Havana, Cuba with postcard-like color illustrations
Vibrant souvenir color view book of Havana, Cuba with over 50 illustrations depicting the city’s principal government and historical buildings, street views, harbor, and other scenes.
A view of the Capitol Building on Inauguration Day, May 20, 1929, suggest the booklet was published at this time, when Cuban President Gerardo Machado (1871–1939) was beginning his second term in office. A view of Fraternity Square, with the Capitol in the background, touts “many great improvements” and “modernization” to Havana—“the nicest Capital of all Americas.”
The view book’s color illustrations—reproduced from photographs and here captioned both in English and Spanish, appear to have been derived from postcards. Publisher C. Jordi is known to have made and sold numerous postcards of Havana.
Description: Beautiful Havana. Habana Bella.
Havana, Cuba: Published C. Jordi. Box 2334, c.1929.  leaves of plates. View Book. 8¼ x 10¼ inches. Color printed wrappers; stapled. Color illustrations on rectos and versos captioned in English and Spanish. English-language text on front endpaper; Spanish-language text of rear endpaper. Wrappers separated at lower spine with short tear to upper cover at staple; brief wear at fore-edge; otherwise, very good.
OCLC: Newberry, University of Miami.