Post Cards by Francisco Aramburo

Tarjetas postales por Francisco Aramburo, La Paz, BCS. We estimate the dates of these post cards circa 1965 to 1980. These were purchased in Cabo San Lucas many years ago, but some of them may still be available.  The images on the page courtesy of and copyright  Francisco Aramburo.  All rights reserved.

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FA-549 • Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur • C. 1980’s © Francisco Aramburo. Una vista del embarcadero, con lanchas preparadas para llevar visitantes a admirar el Arco de San Lucas y los lobos marinos. View of pier at Cabo San Lucas with boats prepared to take visitors to see the Arch and sea lions.

 

FA-454 Cabo San Lucas Baja California Sur Vista panorámica de la risueña población de Cabo San Lucas captada por la mañana desde el Pedregal. Colorful Cabo San Lucas, as seen in the morning from the Pedregal. Foto: F. Aramburo.
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Vista panorámica de la risueña población de Cabo San Lucas captada por la mañana desde el Pedregal. Colorful Cabo San Lucas, as seen in the morning from the Pedregal.
FA-454 Cabo San Lucas Baja California Sur Vista panorámica de la risueña población de Cabo San Lucas captada por la mañana desde el Pedregal. Colorful Cabo San Lucas, as seen in the morning from the Pedregal. Foto: © F. Aramburo.
FA-454 – Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur.  Foto: © F. Aramburo. Vista panorámica de la risueña población de Cabo San Lucas captada por la mañana desde el Pedregal.  Colorful Cabo San Lucas, as seen in the morning from the Pedregal.

 

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FA-451- Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Monumento erigido a la entrada del pueblo representando el famoso Arco de San Lucas, que simbólicamente une el Océano Pacifico con el Golfo de California. A monument at the town´s entrance representing famous arch of Cabo San Lucas, “A gate between two seas.” Foto: © Francisco. Aramburo.

This monument was removed when the Par Vial project was underway in Cabo San Lucas during 2008 and 2009. It was located in front of Pepe’s Tacos, Larazro Cardenas and  20 de Noviembre.
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FA-528 Cabo San Lucas Baja California Sur Tranquilas aguas de la marina, sobre las que se reflejan las blancas lanchas de pesca deportiva. Al fondo destaca airosamente la silueta del moderno Hotel Hacienda. Peaceful waters of the Marina, reflecting the fishing boats. In the background modern Hotel Hacienda can be seen. Foto: F. Aramburo.
FA-528 – Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
Tranquilas aguas de la marina, sobre las que se reflejan las blancas lanchas de pesca deportiva. Al fondo destaca airosamente la silueta del moderno Hotel Hacienda.
Peaceful waters of the Marina, reflecting the fishing boats. In the background modern Hotel Hacienda can be seen. Foto: F. Aramburo.

 

Aerial photo of Cabo San Lucas by Francisco Aramburo - circa 1965
Aerial photo of Cabo San Lucas by Francisco Aramburo – Fechada 18 de Octubre 1967

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Aerial view of Land’s End Cabo San Lucas and part of Medano Beach. Post Card FA-225, circa 1965 by Francisco Aramburo.

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Neptune’s Finger, Cabo San Lucas. Photo by Francisco Aramburo, c1965
Back of post card. Neptune’s Finger, Cabo San Lucas. Photo by Francisco Aramburo, c1965

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Post card image by Francisco Aramburo of the stone arch at Cabo San Lucas. Photo circa 1970.
Post card image by Francisco Aramburo of the stone arch at Cabo San Lucas. Photo circa 1970.

Island of California Map

An early map of California by Joan Vinckeboons, an employee of the Dutch West India Company. The geography of the West Coast, and particularly the Baja peninsula, contributed to an early European misconception, from the 16th century onward, that California was an island. This myth was  debunked in the 18th century.

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Map of California as an island. Ink and watercolor with pictorial relief. Date circa 1650 | Source: Library of Congress | Author: Joan Vinckeboons Dirt, scratches, and stains removed. Water damage corrected. Depigmented areas repigmented. Colors adjusted, with very extensive local adjustments to color balance, brightness, and contrast. Histogram not changed.

Johannes Vingboons [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:California_island_Vinckeboons.jpg

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Ferdinand Konščak, a Croatian, (variously also Fernando Consag, Konsag, Konschak, etc.) (December 2, 1703 – September 10, 1759)
was a Jesuit missionary, explorer, and cartographer.

Konščak was born in Varaždin, Croatia, and attended primary and secondary school in his native city. At sixteen he finished the expected grades and was admitted to the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Trenčín, Slovakia, In 1729, Konščak left for Cádiz in Spain, then went to North America, where he was active as a missionary on New Spain’s Baja California peninsula (today part of Mexico), from 1732 to the end of his life. His headquarters was at Mission San Ignacio. From 1748 he acted as the superior of the mission and later, in 1758, inspector of all missions in Baja California. Konščak spoke various dialects of the local Cochimí language.

He directed and oversaw the building of new missions, aqueducts, embankments, drainage channels, and the first silver mines. He died at San Ignacio in 1759.  On the basis of the data obtained, Konščak made a precise map of Baja California (1748) and a map of the Gulf of California (around 1750). In June and July 1746 he was sent by sea to the head of the Gulf of California in order to investigate the disputed question of whether Baja California was an island. Although he closely followed the coast and reached the Colorado River, the issue continued to be in dispute for nearly another three decades .

There is an outcrop in the northern Gulf of California named Roca Consag, located offshore near San Felipe. Konščak discovered many water springs so that even today there are shops and other facilities in California bearing his name like  “Licores Konsag”.

The above “Baja Island” correction furnished by one of our knowledgeable readers, a Croatian / Mexican,  courtesy of The Latitude 22 Road House.

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Cabo San Lucas during the 1940’s

These images were taken from a video made in the late 1940’s. The video link is later in this post.

Baja California : The Pacific Coast Of Mexico – 1949 Travelogue / Educational Documentary

Scene from Baja California : The Pacific Coast Of Mexico – 1949 Travelogue / Educational documentary film.

This educational documentary film shows beautiful color footage of old Baja, travelling from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, with stops at the waterless village of Magdalena Bay, Tortuga Bay, and the vineyards at Santo Tomás. Cabo San Lucas is featured in the last two minutes.