Sentimental Saturday: Antigua Guatemala market from August 1973

Throwback Saturdays: Antigua Guatemala market august 1973 + image by Brooks Buderus + © Rudy Giron

Today we begin a new section which I am calling Sentimental Saturdays in which I will share photographs from the Brooks Buderus archive. A few months ago I came into several hundred slides taken by architect Brooks Buderus in the 70s and 80s in Antigua Guatemala and other cities around Guatemala, Honduras and Chiapas, Mexico.

We begin the series with a shot of the market of Antigua Guatemala taken in August 1973. One thing I have noticed while scanning the images is that Antigua Guatemala has not changed very much in the last 50 years in same cases, and quite a lot in some aspects.

Here’s video of clips filmed in Antigua Guatemala in 1946 and 1958, you be the judge and tell us what you see different and what you see the same!

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  • Manolo Romero Escobar

    Why did you change it from throwback to sentimental… copyright infringement?

    • Actually NO, Manolo, it was mostly to be consistent with the tags and words people already use: Throwback Thursday, Flashback Friday and Sentimental Saturday and since I will be posting these old photos on Saturday…

  • El Canche

    This was a fascinating video and does highlight just how unchanged La Antigua Guatemala is. Where there has been change, it has probably been in human terms; more people in number, changed attitudes and behaviour, a more rushed/stressed society etc. I did notice the indigenous people seemed thinner and more “pure” than todays more “well-fed” counterparts and that the quality of the artesanias may have been a little higher back in the 50’s. I loved the part of the video that showed the rain falling against the ocre painted wall…an interesting and artistic choice. I wish I could have come to live in Antigua in those days…however the future will still be a good time!

    • Yes Canche, how little Antigua Guatemala has really changed. Also, I agree with you, the people have changed the most.

  • NYChapin

    I also enjoyed watching the fat rain drops hit the wall. It was a symphony !