Cuba – 1949 – My Aunt Ruby and Uncle Herb

My aunt and uncle traveled alot. Chicago, New York, Detroit, New Orleans, Mexico, Canada and Cuba being just a few places that I can remember. I only vaguely remember my parents talking about the Cuba trip. My parents received a package from Cuba which contained two figurines of a male and female Cuban dancer. Somehow I ended up with these still in the original boxes, plus all their photos. The male figurine keeps falling over so I guess that's why my mom never put them out. My aunt used to be a journalist for the Indianapolis Star in Indiana so maybe that's why she traveled so much. I really don't remember. Wish I knew exactly what she wrote for the newspaper.

Here is my Aunt Ruby on the beach in Havana:

Uncle Herb on the grounds of a plantation. He loved the Cuban cigars.

Atop the Vedado Hotel looking NW

Atop the Vedado Hotel looking SE towards the Gulf of Mexico

Looking West down the main thoroughfare in Havana

Atop the Vedado looking SW at other hotels and apartments in Havana

Morro Castle Fortress built in 1587

I don't remember the exact year Castro became in power but didn't really want to look it up as I don't care to get into politics. After reading some of my aunt's notations with the photos, I do know they had a 9pm curfew while they were there as did everyone. A horn went off or something. A year or so after they went, no one in the U. S. was allowed to go. I would somehow like to preserve these photos. There's scotch tape used all over the place.

Last but not least is a photo of me around 1949 in Bloomington, Indiana just before we moved to Arizona. Even then, at almost 3, I had a French beret and was a budding artist because I used to draw on the walls. My parents always painted around my scribbles.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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67 Responses to Cuba – 1949 – My Aunt Ruby and Uncle Herb

  1. PainterWoman says:

    Carlos, I don't know why crap like this has to happen. It shouldn't. I think it's very conniving. Maybe soon, one of those people might fess up and say something about it to your nephew. Or, at least, inform him when the next upcoming meeting is and he can show up to see the surprise on the face of whoever is NOT inviting him. Maybe none of the other people even know what's going on? Maybe it's just whoever is organizing the meetings?

  2. studio41 says:

    yes, sometimes in pictures it is uncanny! habits, postures, etc. are interesting to watch duplicated… the odd thing is, in so many ways, I married my father (& my mother, and brothers…lol, or should I be crying?!) at my aunt's funeral my cousin was in from Montana, he came up to my then 16 year old daughter and began a conversation… shortly into it he said, "Oh! you're not Jill!, I thought you were your mom!" I got a big kick out of that because I'd seen him a few years earlier. It was funny though. As adults I think we get stuck in a time-warp of sorts sometimes.

  3. PainterWoman says:

    Jill: On the rare occasions I look in the mirror anymore, I want to say 'Mom, where ya been?'Dave: Glad to know Havana still looks like in the pictures. I didn't know that about traveling there. I'd heard it was Cuba who didn't want us there. Just a couple of weeks ago, a government official (was he retired?) and his wife were arrested for spying for Cuba. They'd been going back and forth for the last 30 years! It took THAT long? I still find stuff amazing, no matter how old I get.

  4. slackwrdave says:

    Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    I'd heard it was Cuba who didn't want us there.

    They are very OK with it. I had no problems.Wait, no! I've never been there. πŸ˜€ As for the couple in the news, Castro himself has even questioned the timing of the arrests. 30 years? Who knows why.Here's a news clip:Couple Accused of Spying for CubaA former State Department analyst and his wife have been arrested on accusations they spied for the Cuban government for nearly thirty years. Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro called the charges ridiculous and questioned the timing of the arrests. Walter Kendall Myers and his wife Gwendolyn were arrested just days after the Organization of American States lifted its forty-seven-year suspension of Cuba.Source:

  5. slackwrdave says:

    Hey. I got here so late. Love the pictures. Havana looks somewhat the same to this very day.I'd digitize those photos and let them circle the globe.PainterWoman, you can go to Cuba if you want. You have to stop over in Cancun, Mexico City, or someplace, and change planes. It's not really legit with American government, so you wouldn't want to advertise it until you were back home and a little time had gone by.

  6. PainterWoman says:

    I agree, kind of ridiculous. They probably went over there all the time for the same reasons my aunt and uncle did. My uncle for the cigars and my aunt for the booze. Er…no… did I say that? Maybe it was the food. She did write a column or something for a newspaper, maybe it was one of those food critic type things. There were all sorts of recipes, newspaper clippings, notes from meetings and jokes in a box of her belongings after she died.

  7. studio41 says:

    On the rare occasions I look in the mirror anymore, I want to say 'Mom, where ya been?'

    I see my mother, too πŸ™‚ (and my brother – yikes!!! just kidding, he was fine πŸ™‚ )

  8. PainterWoman says:

    Makes you do a double take doesn't it?

  9. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by ossian42:

    I told my father about this. His answer,"Couldnay be like a better fella", with a heavy hint of sarcasm.

    witty like his son

  10. studio41 says:

    "What is my father dioing here".


  11. studio41 says:

    that is an awesome picture, love the setting, too

  12. PainterWoman says:

    Great photo Graham.

  13. studio41 says:

    very nice πŸ™‚

  14. CultureSurfer says:

    Really cool pics!

  15. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks Naomi.

  16. patbiv says:

    Do tricyclers (the manual kind) count?:up:

  17. PainterWoman says:

    Graham: yeah, the old b & w photos are interesting to look at. Reminds me of the old movies I saw as a child.Pat: do tricyclers count? Sure…why not.

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