Vintage Mar del Plata

The city of Mar del Plata [map], located along the Atlantic coast about 250 miles south of the Argentine capital, was initially conceived of as a summer resort for the Buenos Aires elite. These days, Argentina's rich and famous tend to head to beaches in Uruguay and Brazil; however, Mar del Plata remains a popular summer destination for many Argentines. The city is also home to a thriving port and fishing fleet, which provided jobs for recently-arrived Italian immigrants in the early 1900s.

Let's have a look back at Mar del Plata in its early years.

Foto Antigua de Faro Punta Mogotes | Vintage Photo of Punta Mogotes Lighthouse Mar del Plata, Argentina by rodrimdq on Flickr [Faro Punta Mogotes – here's the lighthouse as it looks now.]

Foto Antigua de Damas y Caballeros Elegantes en la Playa | Vintage Photo of Elegant Ladies and Gents on the Beach in Mar del Plata, Argentina by rodrimdq on Flickr[If you squint hard enough, I'm almost sure you'll find Mary Poppins among this group of well-dressed ladies and gents.]

Foto Antigua de un Paseo en Camello | Vintage Photo of Children on a Camel Ride, Mar del Plata, Argentina by rodrimdq on Flickr [Between 1905 and 1920, camel rides on the beach were offered as an exotic activity for tourists.]

Foto Antigua de Playa Bristol | Vintage Photo of Bristol Beach, Mar del Plata, Argentina by rodrimdq on Flickr [Beachgoers at Playa Bristol – here's what this stretch of beach looks like today. Don't you just love the bathing costumes?]

Lavanderas a orillas del Arroyo del Barco, Zona Puerto, Mar del Plata, Argentina by rodrimdq on Flickr[Reality check: not everyone in Mar del Plata was there on vacation. These washerwomen worked down along the banks of Arroyo del Barco, by the port.]

Foto Antigua de Barcos de Pesca en la Costa | Vintage Photo of Fishing Boats on the Shore, Mar del Plata by rodrimdq on Flickr[Horses dragged fishing boats out into the sea.]

Vintage Photo of Plaza San Martín and Catedral de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia, Mar del Plata, Argentina by rodrimdq on Flickr [Plaza San Martín and Catedral de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia – here's the cathedral today.]

If you're interested in more photos and stories about Mar del Plata's past, take a look at the blog Historia de Mar del Plata [Spanish only], the Wikipedia page on the history of the city [English], or this set of vintage photos on Flickr.

[Photo credits: All photos from the collection of rodrimdq]

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