Monday, September 3, 2018

Cuba Then: Revised and Expanded

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Cuba is one of those places that I really want to visit, and I feel a bit frantic about it because I know it's not so easy to go! Relations were opened during the Obama administration and are being closed during the current administration. I feel like the window to go is getting more and more narrow. I'd love to visit because I think it might be a once in a lifetime opportunity to do so. It seems though, that the only way to go is on a cruise ship, and I'm not sure I want to do it that way... which at this point doesn't matter because school and work are back in session anyway. I have time to think about it... I think. In any case, I still love to read about it, and this book, "Cube Then: Revised and Expanded" by Ramiro A. Fernandez is fantastic!




The collection of photos in this book, of yesteryear, or how Cuba used to be, really intrigues me. It is the most extensive collection of photographs we know of, available outside of the island nation.


I love how the photos detail events and extravagances, as well as every day life. In the photo above, I was excited to see the Lion Dance going on. My oldest was in Kung Fu for years when he was a kid (he still trains and teaches), and one of the events we would attend was the Lion Dance, where he was the bottom half, or the half that holds the weight of another person up while they travel.


There are in fact, over 300 images in this book, which is amazing in and of itself. Browsing through it makes me want to travel to Cuba now more so than ever. It's such an intriguing land to me, and it always looks so beautiful in the movies. I'd love to see what elements of that are true in real life. 


The culture seems so different from ours in many ways. There is so much to see in the book, and the pictures really help you to learn how things were in the past.


You can really see the age in some of these photos, and the piece of writing that accompanies each one takes out the guess work of knowing what it is you are seeing.



From kids,


to glammed up events,


to their acts of patriotism, and more...


this book really holds your interest.


This picture of the baseball player really captured my attention. It looks like his hobby was definitely one he enjoyed, or was he doing this for the first time ever? In any case, he looks superbly happy, doesn't he? It is a great capture.


I liked this one too because it's always interesting to see the styles of clothing worn in various periods and eras in different parts of the world. Her triple strand of pearls is hard to see in this photo of the photo, but was clear as a bell in the book. Pearls really are such a timeless classic!


I think putting together this pictorial was such a wonderful idea. We're keeping our copy out on the coffee table, so everyone who comes in can see it. It's easily been a huge hit sitting there. If you have any interest in travel or Cuba at all, I highly recommend picking up this wonderful collection of photos. As a person who loves both travel and photography, I think this design and book is the perfect marriage of both.


This June, The Monacelli Press published CUBA THEN, vintage photographs and ephemera from the collection of Ramiro A. Fernandez, the most extensive archive of Cuban photography outside of the island nation. Much of this collection is little seen and never published, presenting a rich spectrum of personalities spanning more than a century: aristocratic race-car drivers, movie actors and showgirls, magicians, and spies; from Fidel Castro drinking a Coca-Cola on a public bus to celebrities like Celia Cruz, Winston Churchill, and Maria Felix. This new edition contains thirty new pages and more than 100 newly selected photographs.
Cuba Then: Revised and Expanded by Ramiro A. Fernandez, published by The Monacelli Press 2018, $40 Hardcover, 320 pages, ISBN 9781580935104

22 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosey - I've had a few friends who've managed to visit Cuba - and loved it ... and it does sound magical ...this looks to be a brilliant book, so I can understand your hankering for a visit - cheers Hilary

Patience Consistency said...

I would love the chance to visit Cuba as well. We are thinking about taking a cruise from Florida to Cuba, there is just so much history there.

Nessy Castaneda said...

I know so little about Cuba. I only know about how popular their cigar is. And that they have lively type of music. After watching Fast and Furious movie, it got me more interested in that place. Hopefully, I get to go on a trip there. :)

Monidipa Dutta said...

Wow, these picture are just great. I mean so old but so charismatic. As if I can feel it.

Joanna Davis said...

I think this is a fantastic book! I have been to Cuba once and plan to go back. It's astonishing how the photos in the book, even if black and white, still reflect the reality of today.

Sandee said...

I hope you can go. If it's something you want to do then you should.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

Mom Knows Best said...

These are amazing photos. I love seeing how people lived in the past.

AiringMyLaundry said...

What a cool book! I love history, so I'd enjoy going through this. I don't know much about Cuba, so this would be a good read for me.

Pat Hatt said...

Sure looks like it captures much indeed. They still like Canadians so we can go any time.

The Super Mom Life said...

I know a few people that have visited Cuba recently and came back raving about what a beautiful place it is. I would love to go there someday and experience it in person.

Scott Gombar said...

I visited Cuba two years ago this month. It really is a beautiful country with beautiful people.

Casey said...

What a place this is. I personally never been there but I'm sure it is a massive cultural & historical place in South America. I'm sure this book is going to be a big hit. Thx

Vaibhav Mehta said...

I have been very curious about Cuba as not just a place but it's history, culture. What makes it tick! That book certainly engages and educates!

alissa apel said...

Mica's super into history, and would love to read/look at this book. I like old things, so I'd like to read it as well.

Heidi@OneCreativeMommy.com said...

I've always been a little bit afraid of Cuba because all I ever hear are stories of people trying to leave. It's nice to see the rich culture and history of the country without all of the politics.

Laurie Gannon said...

If you want to go to Cuba and one of the ways to go is via a cruise...why not go? I know the hard part of cruises is that you have very limited time in a port.

I love the historical photos in the book. It's so interesting to see all of the differences transpire over time within the same landscape.

Wendy said...

I know only a little about Cuba so it's great to learn the history of a certain place through photos. This book is definitely interesting.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Cuba is a place Jason and I talked about wanting to visit, but like you said, the window is getting smaller by the day. I feel that when relations aren't so strained and tourism is encouraged once again, it might be too Americanized, if that makes sense. It seems like such an old world place, but changing times might erase some of its charm by the time we are able to visit.

The book does sound wonderful, in the meantime.

jenniferrluna said...

My dad's been wanting to go to Cuba for years. I'd love to visit too to explore the culture, the food and the history there. All the people I know who've been recently love it.

Natalia A said...

Cuba is a popular destination for people in Argentina, lately is the "it" destination for Honey moons (in fact my brother and her wife went there for the honey moon). However, he was a bit disappointed to see how the lack of basic services and minimal maintenance of buildings and stuff in general affects every day life!

Blair Villanueva said...

Each time I watched an American movie with scenes of Cuba, I always think how cool Cuba is! And I wonder why it is not as fully developed where in fact this is almost a summer destinations by many Americans..? I don't know.

jjmon2012 said...

I had the same want when it opened to us. I am old so remember a lot about it. But I think the book would be fun to read and see all the pictures