Photographs of Pineapple Growing in the Azores
A. Arruda, Azores 1962
18 b/w photographs. All images 240x175, mounts 450x370. Complete set of loose folios, possibly once into an album. Images very good. Mounts slightly scuffed at edges. Captions in white ink in Portuguese. The photographs record pineapple growing - the operation owned by Dr Augusto Rebello Arruda on the Azorean islands of island of St Michael. They were taken in 1962 to celebrate the visit of the president of the Portuguese Republic, Admiral Thomas Americo, and his wife. Pineapples in the Azores are grown under glass. The photographs illustrate the complete process: the gathering of materials, the erection and maintenance of large greenhouses, and the harvesting, packaging and exportation of the fruit. All photographs are accompanied by captions in Portuguese. Together they constitute a fascinating record of large-scale fruit-growing in the early 1960s, blending traditional and modern methods. A. Arruda Pineapple Plantation is still functioning today.