Retro Puerto Rico: Stunning photos of the island in 1940s

As the island grapples with the aftermath and devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria, a series of fascinating historic images have come to light showing the lives of Puerto Ricans in the 1940s. 

The images capture all sides of life in this period of Puerto Rican history, from the hustle and bustle on the streets of the capital city of San Juan, to the remote mountain villages. 

Depicted among the black and white images is a large gathering of striking sugar workers in the town of Yabucoa.

Other photos show impoverished young women working in the street in the town of Lares, while some reveal the plight of a beggar and young child in San Juan.

All the images were taken by America photographer Jack Delano, who visited the island to document the working conditions of agricultural laborers but became infatuated with its people and way of life that he made Puerto Rico his permanent home.

 

Stunning photos revealed of 1940s Puerto Rico show a street vendor in Santurce, one of the biggest districts in San Juan 

Stunning photos revealed of 1940s Puerto Rico show a street vendor in Santurce, one of the biggest districts in San Juan 

Two young girls in the central mountainous region of Utado are pictured in the photos from the 1940s

Two young girls in the central mountainous region of Utado are pictured in the photos from the 1940s

All of the photos were taken by US photographer Jack Delano, who captured this shot on the streets of Manati in 1942

All of the photos were taken by US photographer Jack Delano, who captured this shot on the streets of Manati in 1942

Jack Delano originally visited the island to document the working conditions of agricultural laborers

Jack Delano originally visited the island to document the working conditions of agricultural laborers

The photographer fell in love with its people and way of life that he made Puerto Rico his permanent home

The photographer fell in love with its people and way of life that he made Puerto Rico his permanent home

A religious procession was photographed in Manuabo, a south eastern coastal city, in 1941 

A religious procession was photographed in Manuabo, a south eastern coastal city, in 1941 

The images capture all sides of life in Puerto Rican history. Here is a photo of a street in the small town of Lares

The images capture all sides of life in Puerto Rican history. Here is a photo of a street in the small town of Lares

A beggar and a young boy are pictured on the street in the capital city of San Juan

A beggar and a young boy are

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