Paricutin Volcano Postcards
Born at 5:30pm on February 20, 1943 in the village of Paricutin, Michoacan. Photo taken by Chavez Ruiz on February 28, 1943."
Earliest known postcard of Paricutin Volcano,
taken on day 2 of the eruption:
"Tomada el 2 dia de su Nacimiento"
Below are views of the long church shown above.
Parangaricutiro: In the middle of photo, surrounding the church and blocking the street, is a black wall of lava oozing toward the church. Notice all wood from church and village is being removed, as the town is slowly covered with lava.
Closer to the volcano, this base camp is being evacuated as the tianguis, food stalls and autos are being surrounded by smoldering lava.
These are pictures of scanned postcards, most mailed, some not and are part of my post card collection.
View from Parangaricutiro
Same view from Parangaricutiro, but a few months later.
(Postcard on left!)
Dr. Atl was a famous scientist and artist, who traveled the world, studying and painting volcanoes. This is an extremely rare postcard of Dr. Alt in the early stages of the volcano. It is thought he commissioned the postcard and sent a few as works of art.