New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_3083
Men and women wearing sombreros and serapes on a sidewalk outside a pulque shop in Mexico City, 1912.
What are some clues that this photograph was not taken recently?
One man in the photograph is dressed differently than the others. Why do you think he is dressed differently?
How are the women dressed differently than the men?
What is the street made of?
Can you see the rail on the street? What do you think it was used for?
Research traditional Mexican clothing. What functions did the different articles of clothing serve? How did clothing change throughout time in Mexico? Where are you most likely to see Mexicans wearing traditional clothing today? Is the clothing different in different parts of Mexico? Dress a doll in Mexican clothing from a time period and a location of your choice.
Math: Create a line graph or bar graph showing the rise in population in Mexico City from the time this photograph was taken to the present.
Science: Explain why buildings in Mexico City are sinking. Brainstorm possible solutions to the problem.
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