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Photographs of the First Naval Action of Mexican Revolution Located
Anonymous photographs of the Acapulco battle.
MEXICO CITY.- Nearly 30 photographs of the first years of Mexican Revolution, many of which portrait what is considered the first Mexican Army intervention, were recently located by Samuel Villela, National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) anthropologist.

His interest in Mexican Revolution in Guerrero State led him to Acapulco chronicler Alejandro Martinez Carvajal, who owns an editorial rarity: “Evolutionist Revolution of Mexico”, of which there is only another known copy, and contains images of the moments when Porfirio Diaz government’s forces kitted up in San Diego Fort, while “El Democrata” ship bombed the rebel forces in May 1911.

Anonymous photographs of the Acapulco battle, are testimony of a besiege that lasted almost a month and left nearly 20 deceased, after general Silvestre Mariscal, part of Madero’s forces, seized Acapulco town and city hall.

The specialist from INAH Direction of Ethnology and Social Anthropology (DEAS) presented his material in June 12th 2009, during the Second Regional Encounter of Photo Libraries at Tepoztlan, Morelos.

Villela revealed that more images of the 1911 Acapulco battle were captured and edited in the aforementioned publication under the seal Theiner & Janowitzer, of Hamburg, Germany.

After the second attack, Acapulco was handed over to Madero’s Revolutionary forces in June 10th 1911. General Mariscal would become governor of Guerrero State in 1916.

Villela mentioned that “Evolutionist Revolution of Mexico” was published with the support of William Mc Cann Hudson and Romana Billings postcards commercial houses, both established in Acapulco.

“Many of these extraordinary images were not published again. Publications were expropriated from their Jewish editors when Hitler assumed power, and photographic originals were lost” expressed anthropologist Samuel Villela, author –with Blanca Jimenez, also INAH researcher- of “The Salmerons. A Century of Photography in Guerrero”, published in 1998.

It is interesting that “Evolutionist Revolution” is contemporary of “Towards the Truth”, another rare photojournalism publication about the Revolution (with journalist Gonzalo Rivero texts and Samuel Tinoco photographs) edited after Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua seize.

“We discovered that both books would be later compiled by Agustin Victor Casasola in 1921, “Graphic- Historic Casasola Album”.

Samuel Villela announced that a facsimile of “Evolutionist Revolution of Mexico” might be co-edited by INAH and the Guerrero State Government as part of the Centennial of Mexican Revolution celebrations.

During his quest for images in Guerrero, he found with researcher Rosa Casanova another rare editorial volume, a 30 photographs album (in custody of Casa de Carranza Museum in Mexico City) ordered by general Mariscal as a remembrance of his military and political achievements.

Samuel Villela concluded that as a result of his investigation he has compiled more than 400 photographs to be published by INAH in the book “Images of the Revolution in Teloloapan, Guerrero”.


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