This vintage Mexican postcard from 1921 features the equestrian statue of Charles IV by sculptor Manuel Tolsá in Mexico City. Whilst today the monumental bronze known as El Caballito takes pride of place in front of The National Art Museum on Plaza Manuel Tolsá, it has been situated in various locations across the city since its inauguration in December 1803 - on occasions it even risked destruction when anti-Hispanic sentiments were running at their highest. Luckily, Lucas Alamán was able to persuade Guadalupe Victoria, the first President of Mexico, that rather than melting down the statue, it should be preserved because of its artistic merits.
The real photograph postcard was issued by CIF, possibly using stock from another company - the name of the postcard and the logo have been handwritten rather crudely and a previous, albeit similar title, is still visible. The postage stamp was issued in 1917 and features a portrait of Mexican revolutionary Venustiano Carranza who was President of Mexico from 1917 until his death by assassination in 1920, the year before this card was posted to Rome, Italy. A great piece of history!
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