Mike Lord

Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

Friday, 05 October 2012 16:41

New Mexico's Money

This is a Spanish 2 Reales COB coin minted in Lima, Peru in 1727.  The designation "COB" is from the Spanish cabo de barra, or the end of the bar.  To produce them, a shallow trench was dug into sand and molten silver poured into it.  When cool, a piece was cut from the end, crudely clipped until the weight was correct and then struck with the dies, which accounts for the irregular shape.  These coins were used throughout the Spanish colonies.

I acquired the coin from my friend Rod Frechette, who is the president of the Albuquerque Coin Club.  In honor of New Mexico's Centennial, Rod has created a display of many of the Spanish Colonial coin types that may have been brought to New Mexico up through the early 1800’s Latin American Revolutions.  The attached PowerPoint presentation is the first part of his work and gives a brief history of the Spanish era.  Give it some time to download and click to advance to the next slide.

You can find out more about the Albuquerque Coin Club at http://www.abqcc.org

--Mike Lord

Thursday, 04 October 2012 01:09

United States 47 Star Flag - January 6, 1912

New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912. At that time an American flag was produced with 47 stars. On February 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state and the 47 star flag became obsolete. Very few 47 star flags have survived and here's a picture of one. Viva Nuevo Mexico!

Kristi Davis posted this letter recently on Facebook.  Her grandfather was Evon Vogt, who settled  in El Morro in the early 20th century.  This is a remarkable document, as it illustrates the Navajo sense of humor during a time of turmoil.  Howard Gorman was artist R. C. Gorman's uncle.  Muchisimas gracias, Kristi.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 23:46

Bird's Eye View of Santa Fe - 1882

I've been asked for hi-res copies of this image so here it is.  You can download it for your very own.  Download the attachment, not the photo shown.  It's 8MB, so give it some time.

--Mike Lord

Over the past few years, I've acquired some images of the construction of St. Francis Cathedral and have decided to put them in chronological order.  The attached pdf file illustrates what must have been a monumental task, using only manual labor and very clever engineering.  I wonder if it could be duplicated today.

--Mike Lord

This home movie was made in the 1950s by Edie Gonzales' uncle.  It includes some footage of a Fiesta Parade in the early 1950s.  Here is Edie's captioning of the video:

A 13 minute home movie from my cousin, Richard Mendoza.  I have listed the different parts so you can scan through to the scenes you are most interested in (ie, 1950s SF Fiesta scene 01:17 to 3:00)  Enjoy:

01:00  My Aunt Laura Roybal de Mendoza

01:17 - 3:00  1950s SF Fiesta

02:38  Quick shot of my grandfather Pedro Rodriguez (married to Ernestine Roybal)

03:48  My great grandfather Emiliano Roybal

04:07  Santa Fe Scenery

06:46  Really nice shot of great grandfather Emiliano Roybal (Grandma Ernestine's father)

09:05  Richard Mendoza's father in red shirt - Rich looks just like him!

09:10  Santa Fe Scenery

09:35  Bransford family

10:38 - 11:07 - Rich's dad

12:46  Richard's dad...in red shirt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ3leYPE-xQ&feature=youtu.be


Wednesday, 01 August 2012 01:00

Reunion Aloft - Kansas City to El Morro, 1932

Thanks to Kristi Davis.

Excerpt from my grandfather Evon Z. Vogt's account of his reunion with old friends on a 5,200 mile flight over the southwest in 1932:

(The 3 friends, "Ray" L. R. Smith, "Art" C. Arthur Bruce, and "Skipper" Ed La Parle, had just flown from Kansas City through Albuquerque to the El Morro airfield that morning in a Bellanca Skyrocket.)

Sunday, 29 July 2012 21:06

The Precursor to Spanish Market

This photograph is of the Native Market on West Palace Avenue, a sales outlet for Hispanic craft artists.  Seated in the foreground are Dolores Montoya Perrault and Sheldon Parsons, painter and first director of the Museum of Fine Art.

Photo by T. Harmon Parkhurst, 1935

From the Curtin-Paloheimo Collection, Acequia Madre House, Santa Fe NM

In early January, 1847 (5 months after General S. W. Kearney annexed the Territory of New Mexico to the United States,) citizens of Taos and Taos Pueblo brutally murdered Territorial Governor Charles Bent.  The local New Mexicans had decided that they did not want to be governed by the Americanos, whom they felt were arrogant, immoral and without any appreciation of their way of life and culture.  Upon hearing of the events in Taos, on January 23, 1847 Col. Sterling Price left Ft. Marcy for Taos with four mountain howitzers, five companies of Missouri soldiers and a company of New Mexico Volunteers.  On January 24, they engaged the rebels at Santa Cruz de la Cañada, resulting in the deaths of 8 soldiers and 36 rebels.  On January 26, they again engaged the rebels at Embudo, losing 2 soldiers while killing 20 and wounding 60 rebels.

Sometime after the rebellion ended, a descanso memorializing the engagement was done in Embudo canyon.  There are 18 crosses indicating the rebels who were killed.

Photo courtesy of Allan MacGillivray III

--Mike Lord

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