Tijuana, Mexico

It’s been said that human figures are the hardest to render on colorized postcards. Here is a case in point. The border guards aren’t too bad, but the waving stick figure in red should have been sent back for additional retouching.

The brown border at left, incidentally, is not a stain from being glued into an album for a century, it is a shadow. Back in 2017 when I took this photo I was oblivious to the problem; these days I take my photos outside on gray days as much as possible.

Location unknown, Mexico

According to an article on a Mexican travel site, burros are still used in mountainous regions where vehicles are unable to navigate. They are also favored by some growers of coffee and agave, where they do much less damage than machines. But the overall population is very low – you would not stumble upon a scene like this one.

Location unknown, Mexico

Based on the small sample I’ve encountered, Mexican postcards are quite underrated (Listen to me – as if I even know who rates postcards). Nice rounded corners, san-serif fonts and bright hues. The rounded corners do not photograph well. This one was mailed to me by a friend in San Francisco and it looks like it had a difficult journey.

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacán, San Juan Teotihuacán, Mexico

This city lasted from somewhere around the year 1 to the year 500. Somewhere as I child I learned that ancient civilizations tended to last about 500 years. I threw this idea into a search engine and found a very lengthy blog post on the site Owlcation tackling this very question. A review of 74 civilizations found an average length of 349 years with a range of 14 to 1,100. Plenty of commenters quibbled with the definitions of “civilizations”, of course.