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Luis Maldonado in his family store, Claudia's Boots, August 1994 (JSG)
Luis Maldonado in his family store, Claudia's Boots, August 1994 (JSG)

Luis Maldonado holds two boots made in Claudia's Boots, South Sixth Street, Tucson. The one in his right hand is of snake skin, with the snake's head mounted on the toe.

Carlos Ramírez Rocha, pespuntador (JSG)
Carlos Ramírez Rocha, pespuntador (JSG)

Carlos Ramírez Rocha, pespuntador or machine-stitcher for Osuna Boot Company, South 12th Avenue. Boots made in Tucson by Mexicanos for the Mexicano market tent to be more brightly colored and emphasize rare skins more than do those made for the Anglo-American trade, even though the individual bootmakers working for Anglo-owned companies are often Mexicanos as well.

Osuna Boots sign, June 1996 (JSG)
Osuna Boots sign, June 1996 (JSG)

Neon sign advertising the Osuna Boot Company on South 12th Avenue. In its use of color, neon fits the baroque aesthetic perfectly. This sign, which combines a boot, the firm's name, and the Osuna family's Sonoran cattle brand combines style with an emphasis on family and continuity.

!Aquí Está¡ headboard, August 1994 (CV)
!Aquí Está¡ headboard, August 1994 (CV)

Bed headboard made at the !Aquí Está¡ store on South Park Avenue. Furniture making and selling is a cooperative enterprise for the Mendívil-Olmedo family, whose members use their various talents to design, carve, paint and market furniture in the style popular in Mexico's state of Michoacán.

Monochrome headboard from !Aquí Está¡, August 1994 (JSG)
Monochrome headboard from !Aquí Está¡, August 1994 (JSG)

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