First Communion from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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What it is:

Real photo post card measuring approx. 3.25 x 4.75 inches.  (It is unused, but the back is covered with glue from having been mounted to something.)

What I know about it:

The photographer’s information embossed at the bottom (and possibly trimmed) reads Kitzler / Callao 369.  The paper manufacturer’s markings on the back (Vitava) indicate a date range of 1925-1934.


One of my eBay purchases years ago was a set of four First Communion photos that the seller said were all from Argentina.  They seem to have nothing in common beyond the subject matter and the country of origin.  I posted one of them here.  And today I’ll post another.  All four show the boys wearing these distinctive ribbons on their arms, which I don’t believe I’ve ever seen in a First Communion photo from the U.S.  The ribbons puzzle me, but that’s okay.  Part of the reason I’m drawn to First Communion photos (as I am to graduation photos, wedding photos, etc.) is that I’m intrigued by the depiction of ritual.  By the way, although Callao is a major port city in Peru, I believe here it is a reference to the street in Buenos Aires.

2 comments on “First Communion from Buenos Aires, Argentina”

  1. Handsome young man on the right. He probably grew into a real heartbreaker. Keep posting “rituals” – I like them.

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