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Cinco Siglos de Historia Book Review by Don Jíbaro
About 10 yrs ago I visited La Universidad de Puerto Rico. At their bookstore I asked for the BEST book in Puerto Rican history they had. The clerk showed me the $50 "Cinco Siglos de Historia" (Spanish-Francisco Scarano from Fajardo now teaching at the Univ. of Wiconsin)...I READ IT, loved it, wanted one more. I contacted Mr. Scarano, who told me to get it through McGraw-Hill Caribbean. I did. Gave my 1st edition to my daughter (Oh, no!)  and got 2nd ed. through McGraw.  Read for yourself GO HERE

PR's History in Photos

The pages of this pictorial opus expresses the legacy, struggle, beauty, misery, joy of Puerto Rico of days past. Delano saves the spirit of Puerto Rico's past, once thought to be lost with faded memories. This is a book to keep for oneself, it strengthens your soul.


1900s PR Music.....


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Who was Jack Delano? (1914-1997)
Jack Delano was an American photographer for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and a composer noted for his use of Puerto Rican folk material.

Delano was born as Jack Ovcharov in Voroshilovka, 120 miles southwest of Kiev, Ukraine and moved, with his parents and younger brother, to the United States in 1923. Between 1924 and 1932 he studied graphic arts/photography and music (viola and composition) at the Settlement Music School and solfeggio with a professor from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania After being awarded an art scholarship for his talents, he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) where, from 1928 until 1932, he studied illustration and continued his musical training. While there, Delano was awarded the Kesson traveling fellowship which he took to Europe where he bought a camera that got him interested in photography.

The ubiquitous cañaveral jíbaro dió "fuego a la lata" (fire to the furnace)

After graduating from the PAFA, Delano proposed a photographic project to the Federal Art Program: a study of mining conditions in the Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania anthracite coal area. Delano sent sample pictures to Roy Stryker and applied for a job at the FSA. Through the help of Edwin Rosskam and Marion Post Wolcott, Stryker offered Delano a job at $2,300/year. As a condition of the job, Delano had to have his own car and driver's license, both of which he acquired before moving to Washington, D.C.

Before working at the FSA, Delano had done his own processing and developing but he didn't have to do either of that at the FSA. Other photographers working for the FSA include Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks. In 1943 FSA was eliminated as "budget waste" and subsumed into the Office of War Information (OWI).
He travelled to Puerto Rico in 1941 as a part of the FSA project. This trip had such a profound influence on him that he settled there permanently in 1946.

The "arrabales" (slums) were built anywhere that had space

With his wife Irene (a second cousin to fellow photographer Ben Shahn) he worked in the Community Division of the Department of Public Education producing films, for many of which Delano composed the score. Delano also directed "Los Peloteros", a Puerto Rican film about poor rural kids and their love for baseball. The film remains a classic in Puerto Rican cinema.

Jack Delano's musical compositions included works of every type: orchestral (many composed for the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra), ballets (composed for Ballet Infantil de Gilda Navarra and Ballets de San Juan), chamber, choral (including a commission for Coro de Niños de San Juan) and solo vocal. His vocal music often showcases Puerto Rican poetry, especially the words of friend and collaborator Tomás Blanco.

Prison Dance

Blanco, Délano and his wife Irene collaborated on children's books. The most prominent of these remains a classic in Puerto Rican literature: The Child's Gift: A Twelfth Night Tale by Tomás Blanco, with illustrations by Irene Délano and incidental music (written on the margins) by Jack Délano.

His score for the film "Desde las nubes" demonstrates an early use of electronic techniques. Most of his works composed after he moved to Puerto Rico are notable for using folk material in a classical form.

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