Havana, Cuba 1930s
March 29, 2010 10:50 PM   Subscribe

Travelogue of Havana, Cuba in the 1930s. Posted to YouTube by the great Travel Film Archive (previously), apparently filmed by André de la Varre, an associate of Burton Holmes (previously).
posted by jjray (6 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Cuba looks great in this.
Those guys were pretty openly running the numbers there at 4:02.
Just after that numbers scene: What was with the waiter taking a cloth out of his pocket and polishing the plates like crazy?
posted by tellurian at 11:04 PM on March 29, 2010

Wow. This is terrific.
posted by chihiro at 5:03 AM on March 30, 2010

yeah! I'm gonna watch the Amsterdam movies with my kids tonite. Wonderful site, thanks so much!
posted by ouke at 5:33 AM on March 30, 2010

pretty amazing footage. Havana looks like a European city, with a frightening lack of its darker-skinned inhabitants
posted by criticalbill at 12:03 PM on March 30, 2010

Those guys were pretty openly running the numbers there at 4:02.

Those are lottery ticket sellers, still a common sight in much of Latino America. In the US, it's all "behind the counter", no street service.
posted by telstar at 1:57 AM on March 31, 2010

Sorry, my bad. They didn't look like lottery tickets to me. I maybe have a jaundice view of Cuba through the prism of US embargo propaganda and my modern-day view of what lottery tickets look like.
What about the mad pocket-cloth-plate-polisher though?
posted by tellurian at 3:31 AM on March 31, 2010

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