Lake Chapala: a postcard history

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Apr 182022

We are delighted to announce the imminent publication of Lake Chapala: a postcard history.

What was life at Lake Chapala like at the start of the twentieth century? Why and how did some villages on its shores become premier international tourist and retirement destinations?

Lake Chapala: a postcard history (cover)

Cover design: Peter Shandera and Trevor Burton

This ground-breaking visual history of Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest natural lake, answers these and other questions by looking at more than 150 vintage photographic postcards of the area, many more than a century old. Mailed home by visitors, these postcards helped promote the area to a wider world.

Chapter Titles

  1. Wish you were here: picture postcards in Mexico
  2. By boat, stagecoach and train
  3. Chapala at the end of the nineteenth century
  4. The south shore of the lake: Tizapán el Alto and La Palma
  5. Chapala 1900-1920: The golden age of tourism
  6. East end: Ocotlán and Hotel Ribera Castellanos
  7. Chapala 1920-1940: opportunities and challenges
  8. Fishing and environmental change
  9. Chapala 1940–1960: Tourism and Redevelopment
  10. Ajijic: favored by foreigners
  11. The west end of the lake: Jocotepec and Roca Azul

Marvel at the extraordinary diversity of sights, cultural experiences, architecture and scenery that so entranced these early tourists—from rattling stagecoaches, railroad stations and quaint fishing boats to religious festivals, ancient haciendas, grand hotels and fine private villas.

Join the author as he shares his passion for the extraordinary history and beauty of this unique part of Mexico. As in his previous books about the area, decades of in-depth research shed new light on the remarkable history of the villages around Lake Chapala, revealing just how much they have changed over the years.

ISBN: 978-1-7770381-2-0 – 154 pages, 152 illustrations of vintage postcards (many in full color), 2 original maps, chapter notes and full index.

This book is due to be released in June 2022.