Young men ride horses on a dusty main road through town. Cars and gas stations gradually intrude on the land, and, years later, curiosity shops and cantinas change the face of Mexican border towns
south of Arizona. Between 1900 and the late 1950s, Mexican border towns came of age both as centers of commerce and as tourist destinations. Postcards from the Sonora Border reveals how
images—in this case the iconic postcard—shape the way we experience and think about place.
An impressive book by a distinguished borderlands geographer and historian. There is no other book like it.
—Oscar J. Martínez, author of Border Boom Town: Ciudad Juárez since 1848
La obra de Arreola busca exponer cómo condiciones globales se entrelazan con los eventos locales, dando forma a la historia de los pueblos que esboza en su libro.
Making use of his personal collection of historic images, Daniel D. Arreola captures the
evolution of Sonoran border towns, creating a sense of visual "time travel" for the reader. Supported by maps and visual imagery, the author shares the geographical and historical story of five unique
border towns—Agua Prieta, Naco, Nogales, Sonoyta, and San Luis Río Colorado.
Postcards from the Sonora Border introduces us to these important towns and provides individual stories
about each, using the postcards as markers. No one postcard view tells the complete story—rather, the sense of place emerges image by image as the author pulls readers through the collection as an
assembled view. Arreola reveals how often the same locations and landmarks of a town were photographed as postcard images generation after generation, giving a long and dynamic view of the inhabitants
through time. Arranged chronologically, Arreola's postcards allow us to discover the changing perceptions of place in the borderlands of Sonora, Mexico.