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Photo Album Nº 1
Bermejo Palmares

El Bermejo, Los Palmares, & Resistencia

This album, labelled Bermejo Palmares, includes one photo taken at estancia “Los Palmares” (ca.1902); we believe the rest were all taken ca.1912 during a visit by John and Marjorie Benitz to estancia “El Bermejo” and Resistencia, the capital of the Chaco province.  The photos of stands of palm trees could have been taken at either Los Palmares or El Bermejo; however, we believe it more likely to be El Bermejo.

Except for the photos of Resistencia, the photos were not labelled.  They are arranged in the album at two per page.  We numbered each photo with the album prefix (Alb.1), page number, and “a” or “b”.

Ea. “El Bermejo”: Estancia is located in Chaco province (a national territory in the early 1900’s); John bought it for The Bermejo Estancia Co. Ltd. in 1911 and oversaw its management.  It was 25,000 hectares (10 square leagues) in size, shaped like an inverted "T", the vertical leg (5 km wide along the Rio Bermejo) went south 10km to join a 10 x 20 km. east-west cross-piece.  The town of Zapallar (today: Gral. J. de San Martin) was at its SW corner.  Cattle breeding and logging were its principle activities.  The logging of red quebracho for its tannin was very profitable — until the trees gave out (they take a few hundred years to grow logs the sizes shown).

Ea. “Los Palmares”: Estancia managed by Alfred Benitz for the family (1890-ca.1900), he bought it in 1904.  About eight leagues in size, it was in northern Santa Fé province, west of Calchaquí between the Calchaquí and Salado rivers.

We are enormously grateful to John C. Benitz for making this album available to us.
(Copied on 14 October, 2011.)

Alb.1-0

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Rodeo
Los Palmares, ca.1902

Alb.1-1a

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Resistencia
Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-1b

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Resistencia
Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-2a

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Logging train
Resistencia, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-2b

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Quebracho logs
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-3a

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Logging
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-3b

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Log piles
Snapshot from train?
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-4a

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Log piles
Snapshot from train?
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-4b

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Humble home
Snapshot from train?
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-5a

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Rail-side vendors?
Snapshot from train?
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-5b

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Draw-bridge
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-6a

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Draw-bridge
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-6b

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Bridge
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-7a

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Here, have a mate!
Let him fix the flat tire.

Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-7b

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Campsite
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-7b
To recover the faded patch, we created a very dark heavily contrasted copy that we then merged back upon the faded area.  Photos with the least obvious faded areas we could convert to black & white then re-color; most fixes were merged, some edges of the faded areas can still be detected, see: 1a, 3a, 5a, 6a, & 6b.
We gave up on 4a — taken when the train was moving.

Alb.1-7b (orig.)

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Campsite, original
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-8a

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Riders in the monte (woods)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912
(Badly faded through middle
)

Alb.1-8b

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Carriage ride (1)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-9a

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Carriage ride (2)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-9b

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Carriage ride (3)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-10a

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Marjorie & tacurú
(ant nest)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-10b

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Carriage ride (4)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-11a

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Typical laguna
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-11b

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Marjorie & manager?
(She is riding a side-saddle!)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-12a

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Man holding head of a gama
(pampas deer, ciervo, guazú-tí)
Behind him is a carreta (cart) of the pampas
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-12b

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“Cartucho brushing mama's boots at the Bermejo"
Marjorie, Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-13a

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Open country
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-13b

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Riders & a palo borracho
(bottle or silk floss tree)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-14a

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Riders in a palmar (1)
(stand of palm trees)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-14b

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Riders in a palmar (2)
(stand of palm trees)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-15a

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Marjorie(?) riding in buggy (1)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-15b

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Riders in a palmar (3)
(stand of palm trees)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-16a

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Marjorie(?) riding in buggy (2)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-16b

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Riders at the Rio Bermejo
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-17a

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Rio Bermejo
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-17b

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Rio Bermejo
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-18a

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Watering the horses
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-18b

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Hunter & martinetas (?)
(“partridge” - Crested Tinamou?)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-19a

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Hunter & martineta (?)
(“partridge” - Crested Tinamou?)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-19b

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Squared logs & bullocks
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-20a

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Local pub/bar?
Workmen's quarters?

Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-20b

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Loading logs
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-21a

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Attaching logs to alsa-primas (1)
Logs were attached & lifted to swing from the axle.
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-21b

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Alsa-primas (log-carriers)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-22a

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Attaching logs to alsa-primas (2)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-22b

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Water for the engine
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-23a

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Quebracho Logs
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-23b

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Estanica manager's house ?
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-24a

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“Lambare”
Rio Paraná?, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-24b

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Resistencia?
Rio Paraná?, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-25a

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Loading logs
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-25b

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Palmar viewed from buggy
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-25c

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Squared logs & bullocks
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-25d

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Resting on a bridge
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912

Alb.1-25e

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Riders & a palo borracho
(bottle or silk floss tree)
Ea. “El Bermejo”, Chaco, ca.1912


© Peter Benitz (Benitz Family)