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Belo Horizonte in old postcards

March 14, 2013 4 Comments

Unlike most state capitals, Belo Horizonte was planned and built practically from scratch in the late 19th century, in the Espinhaço mountains. This explains its dramatic contrast to other cities in the state of Minas Gerais, that preserve their colonial, baroque heritage and live a somewhat slower pace. BH, or Belô, as its generally referred to, is the third main Brazilian metropolis, with 2.5 million inhabitants. These historic postcards illustrate its quick growth.

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Guajajaras street, circa 1900.

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Panoramic view of the city. Also circa 1900.

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Downtown in 1900: the corner of Espírito Santo street and Afonso Pena avenue

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Train station in the 20s.

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The same place in a spectacular night image.

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A 1946 photograph

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Afonso Pena avenue in 1958

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A few come from Skyscrapercity but most were found by the amazing BH Nostalgia blog. Also, if you want to have a stroll on memory lane in other cities, check these old Brazilian postcards.

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