Delivering Bread, Caracas, Venezuela

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Study this view carefully for two things: the way bread is peddled on the streets of Caracas, and the kind of people who live in this city. This scene might have been taken in the old world as far as one could tell by looking at it. It suggests a scene in a Spanish city or in a city in northern Africa. And it might be in Persia or Arabia as well. In all these places a common way of peddling goods is by mule-back. Great barrels or baskets are strapped to the patient little burro or donkey, almost hiding him. In these barrels or baskets are stored fruit, bread, or whatever is to be sold. In this view the peddler is selling bread. He goes up and down the hilly streets of Caracas calling out his wares. He uses a donkey to carry his bread for a number of reasons. He cannot afford a cart, and besides a cart would have a sorry time of it on some of the bad streets. A donkey is sure-footed and travels at about the right gait for a peddler. He will stand, too, patiently waiting till all customers have been served. But best of all he can live on the grass of a small lot so his owner is spared the expense of feeding him much grain. The bread that is being sold is probably made of corn meal. Venezuela raises but little wheat, so the poorer classes can hardly afford wheat bread. Wheat bread will not grow in the lowlands of the country on account of the heat. It can be, and is, raised on some of the uplands. But most of the wheat used is shipped from the united States. The food of the people is largely fruits. Bananas, oranges-al tropical and semi-tropical fruits are plentiful and cheap. How would you like to live in these houses? Keystone ID: 13309 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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