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"Popo" food carreta by Paul Lira, July 1993 (CV)
"Popo" food carreta by Paul Lira, July 1993 (CV)

Occupying vacant lots and parking lots on Tucson's Southwest side, these mobile stands provide a fairly limited menu for lunch customers. This mural, painted by Paul Lira, recalls the legend of Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl, the two volcanos just south of Mexico City.

El Tucan de la Raza Carreta by Paul Lira Shamrock Bar Parking Lot, June 1996 (JSG)
El Tucan de la Raza Carreta by Paul Lira (Shamrock Bar Parking Lot), June 1996 (JSG)

The changing face of Ray & Sons, 1979 - 1996

Ray & Sons, 1979
Ray & Sons, 1979 (JSG)

Ray & Sons, 1987
Ray & Sons, 1987 (JSG)

Ray & Sons, 1996

Ray & Sons, 1996 (JSG)

These three images illustrate the changing face of the Ray and Sons store on West 22nd Street. The first two murals, both by Luis Mena, were photographed in 1979 and 1987. The third, by Paul Lira, was photographed in 1996. Business signs are among the most ephemeral -- and most exciting -- forms of Mexican-American public art.

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