October 15, 2015

1908, 1961 MEXICO (Oaxaca) - At the market in Oaxaca

1908 At the market in Oaxaca - Baskets seller eating watermelon

Posted on 20.09.2015, 15.10.2015
Located on the foothills of the Sierra Madre, Oaxaca relies heavily on tourism, not least for the native Zapotec and Mixtec cultures. The city is home to several large markets, the oldest being the Mercado (Market) Benito Juárez, built in 1893 and named after a former president. The Mercado 20 de Noviembre, known as the Mercado de la Comida (food), is recommended for regional dishes such as moles, tasajo, tlayudas, pan de yema, chapulines, quesillo, queso fresco, as well as very large cups of hot chocolate, often spiced with cinnamon and almonds.

1961 At the market in Oaxaca - Grilled meat corridor

Also called the handicrafts market, the Mercado de Artesañas it’s open daily and offers lots of household items, leather goods, native textiles, handicrafts, and ceramics. La Merced Market is also open daily and is a good place to find cheap mescal and tequila, as well as many other food items. On Saturday’s, Oaxaca City market, also known as Abastos Market becomes alive with crafts from the early morning to afternoon. The market is open everyday of the week, but the craft section is only around on Saturdays.

On a typical day in the Abastos market in Oaxaca you will find luscious tropical fruits, herbs, turkeys, rugs, baskets, camera toting tourists, wandering children, tortilla making, cheese vendors, and even grasshoppers to eat. On Saturdays at the market you will encounter Trique Indian weavers using looms to create intricate textiles and rugs for sale from world renowned Teotitlán del Valle. You can also find bread, chocolate, jewelry, baskets, ceramics, sandals, hammocks, and hundreds of other signature items. Bargaining is expected at the Abastos market and the Zapotec women love to chat.

About the stamps
On the postcard 1908
The first stamp is one of the two which forms the joint issue United States - Mexico (April 16, 1998). It show an image of Cinco de Mayo national holiday in Mexico. The second is part of the large series México Conserva, issued on February 18, 2002.

On the postcard 1961
The first stamp is also part of the series México Conserva. The second is part of a large series of definitive stamps, issued since 1993 and named Tourism. The last stamp belongs to the series Centro Cultural Santo Domingo Oaxaca, issued on July 24, 1998.

The Markets of Oaxaca, Mexico - New World Review

Sender 1908, 1961: Ivinha
1908: Sent from Mexico City (Federal District / Mexico), on 07.04.2014
Photo: B. Altamirano
1961: Sent from Mexico City (Federal District / Mexico), on 05.04.2014
Photo: B. Altamirano

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