Historic Photo of the Day: The Cockpit

Historic …. Cock fights in Puerto Rico. Look closely!!


War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

This image was taken by Edwin Rosskam in the San Juan area, in December 1937.

The image contains a few points of interest.


It is very much “a guy thing.” Over fifty men, but not one woman appears in the photo.


Class and racial stratification is suggested. There are more suits sitting in the first row, and no black men. The darkest-looking man appears in the fourth upper row.


Overhead scoop lights make “night fights” possible.


Two insular policemen mingle with the crowd. Four years earlier, on May 9, 1933, the new Governor of Puerto Rico, Blanton Winship, legalized cockfighting in Puerto Rico.

Just a few months before this photo, Gov. Winship and his insular police force killed 17 Puerto Rican civilians and wounded over 200 more, in the Ponce Massacre.

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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